On Friday, October 9, 2015, Netflix will debut their original documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. Officially selected for the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom chronicles the events of over 93 days that took place between 2013-14. It witnesses the formation of the civil rights movement within Ukraine and what started off as a peaceful, student demonstration supported by Western Europe that escalated into a violent revolution demanding the resignation of the nation’s president.
The Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom filmmakers investigated the escalating political crisis in Ukraine from directly within the conflict zone. At the onset of demonstrations, they were there to record the special forces who were deployed to disperse the crowds, beating and seriously injuring hundreds of protesters. It was this moment that ultimately gave rise to mass protests and large-scale civil unrest in the country. In response, millions of Ukrainians rallied together to fight against the police state. Through interviews with protesters, activists, journalists, medical workers, artists and clergy representing multiple generations, social classes, nationalities and faiths, including a twelve-year old activist, the film tells the story of a diverse movement that self-organized towards one common goal, that stood their ground in the midst of extreme bloodshed, despair and the harshest of conditions. Director Evgeny Afineevsky built relationships with many people on the ground who shared their stories and contributed their footage, whose collective participation helped him document the movement on a grand scale from a variety of perspectives and locations.
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom was produced by Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor. Lisa Nishimura Adam Del Deo, John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man; Restrepo), Angus Wall (The Social Network; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), David Dinerstein, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Andrew Ruhemann, Dennis L. Kogod, Nadine Khapsalis Kogod and Bohdan Batruch serve as Executive Producers.