Freedom of Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
On 21th of June 2023 the movie “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” directed by Evgeny Afineevsky was streamlined. The movie had its premiere at 79th Venice Film Festival, where it was recognized with the Kineo Award, as well at Toronto International Film Festival and many other prestige’s festivals. This movie was made in less than 6 months of production and 3 months of editing with 9 editors around the world in Ukraine / the United States/ Europe, with the last filming done in a war zone on 9th of August 2022. Evgeny Afineevsky earned an Oscar and Emmy nomination in 2016 for WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, which details the 2013 student uprising that transformed into a violent revolution. He built his moviemaking career on providing a first-hand account of conflict, even if it means putting his own life in danger. The director and his team did everything possible to tell this untold story of Ukraine’s struggle for their freedom and dignity, through the eyes of children and their parents, soldiers, doctors, volunteers, journalists, ordinary people. The movie “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” captures eyewitness testimony to the crimes committed in Ukraine, recording the scale of the destruction and the drama of ordinary people whose dream is to live in a free country in peace. The streaming was followed by a Q&A session with Evgeny, who had the opportunity to talk about the making of the movie, its characters and its message. The screening was organised by Project Sunflowers and EU Project Pravo-Justice.