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Freedom on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Double Exposure - 114 min
  • DIRECTOR: Evgeny Afineevsky
  • STARRING: Dmytro 'Orest' Kozatskyi, Evgeniy Maloletka, Nataliia Nagorna

SHOWTIMES 11/30/2022 (change date):

Synopsis:

Crafted from stark footage and exclusive interviews with people displaced by the enduring conflict, FREEDOM ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM reveals how the spirit of unity strengthens morale even amid the country’s darkest hours. When Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in early 2022, its citizens instinctively renewed the survival strategies that sustained them eight years prior during the Maidan Uprising. This companion piece to director Evgeny Afineevsky’s Academy Awardnominated documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom explores why a jubilant day on Kyiv’s Maidan square instigated warfare that has lasted the better part of a decade. Broadening his focus from a single city, Afineevsky and his veteran Winter on Fire crew turn their lenses on multiple countries, trailing both the Ukrainians trying to escape and those who have vowed to stay behind. A sweeping look at a humanitarian crisis, the documentary amplifies the views of children, mothers, soldiers, doctors, artists, volunteers, clergymen, and journalists who are transformed while witnessing ceaseless destruction and bloodshed. Featuring narration from Oscar-winning Dame Helen Mirren, FREEDOM ON FIRE is a saga of resilience that challenges the international community to oppose tyranny together.

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JOHN FRANCIS FOX
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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON THIS FILM

November 28, 2022
IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA FOR PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT SOME UKRAINIANS SUPPORTED THE NAZIS. IT WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE UKRAINIAN JEWS WHO SUFFERED UNDER THE NAZIS AND THEIR UKRAINIAN COLLABORATORS. UNFORTUNEATELY, THERE HAVE BEEN ANTI- SEMITES IN ALL COUNTRIES- AMONG BOTH RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT LIKE THAT WOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE TIME THAT POPE PAUL VI APOLOGIZED IN 1965 FOR ALL THE TIMES THAT THE JEWS WERE FALSELY ACCUSED OF CRUCIFYING JESUS.

JOHN FRANCIS FOX
5 out of 5 stars

BRILLIANT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A LONG OPPRESSED PEOPLE

November 28, 2022
I AM SO THANKFUL THAT I WAS ABLE TO SEE EVGENY AFINEEVSKY'S BRILLIANT DOCUMENTARY - AND EQUALLY THANKFUL THAT THERE WAS SUCH A LARGE CROWD AT THE SCREENING, WHICH YOU USUALLY DON'T SEE AT THE CINEMA VILLAGE NOWADAYS (NOT EVEN FOR THE BRILLIANT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT JUANITA MOORE). ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF THE FILM WAS THE WAY THAT IT DEPICTED HOW VLADIMIR PUTIN TRIED TO JUSTIFY THE INVASION OF UKRAINE BY CLAIMING THAT HE WAS TRYING TO "DENAZIFY" UKRAINE- EVEN THOUGH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IS JEWISH. IT'S VERY SIMILAR TO THE WAY THAT STALIN TRIED TO JUSTIFY HIS DELIBERATE IMPOSITION OF A FAMINE IN UKRAINE BY POINTING OUT THAT SOME UKRAINIANS COLLABORATED WITH THE NAZIS , AND ALSO TRIED TO JUSTIFY THE SLAUGHTER OF 15,000 POLISH SOLDIERS IN THE KATYN FOREST BY POINTING OUT THAT SOME POLES HAD COLLABORATED WITH THE NAZIS.