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Evgeny Afineevksy's 'Winter on Fire' took him to the front line of Ukraine's revolution

Evgeny Afineevksy's 'Winter on Fire' took him to the front line of Ukraine's revolution

In director Evgeny Afineevsky's Oscar-nominated documentary "Winter on Fire," the viewer is plunged into a singular cinematic experience: a revolutionary's view of a spontaneous civil rights uprising that actually toppled a government. The riveting feature, which arrived in limited release in October and has been streaming on Netflix ever since, traces Ukraine's burgeoning self-determination to integrate with Europe, beginning with peaceful student protests in 2013. But faced with unchecked brutality by special police called the Berkut — who used kidnapping, tear gas and snipers' bullets to suppress fellow Ukrainians — demonstrations in Kiev's Independence Square...

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