Netflix doc chronicles “Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom depicts the 93-day struggle of Ukranians that began as student protests and evolved into a revolution.
August 7, 2015

Netflix is looking to build on a growing library of international original content with the release of a documentary that explores the internal conflict in Ukraine.

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is set to premiere on the SVOD service on Oct. 9.

The doc, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, chronicles the events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014 in Ukraine, starting out with student demonstrations and devolving to a violent revolution, the annexation of Crimea and calls for the resignation of then-president Viktor Yanukovych. Footage was captured directly from conflict zones.

The film features interviews with protesters, activists, journalists, medical workers, artists and clergy.

“We weren’t thinking about how to get the best shots, only the importance of showing the ways in which the movement would forever change the country and the lives of its participants,” said Afineevsky in a statement.

Prior to its digital release, the documentary will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Netflix’s growing stable of documentaries has served to strengthen the SVOD’s content offerings. Two of Netflix’s docs recently picked up five Emmy nominations: Mission Blue, which earned three nods, and E-Team, which scored two. The winners will be announced September 28.

Netflix has about 21 million subscribers worldwide, but that number is expected to increase as the service moves into more countries, including its newest market, Japan.

(From Stream Daily)

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