Netflix’s conquest for world domination is an ongoing process, as the streaming service offers an incredible variety of content from original work (“House of Cards” and “Beasts of No Nation”) to seminal TV (all of “Friends”) to stellar documentaries (“Virunga” and “What Happened, Miss Simone”). Adding to the last of those categories, Netflix has announced that Evgeny Afineevsky’s political documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” will debut online for members on October 9. The film will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.
The official synopsis reads: “Chronicling events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, ‘Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom’ witnesses the formation of a new civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation’s president. The film captures the remarkable mobilization of nearly a million citizens from across the country protesting the corrupt political regime that utilized extreme force against its own people to suppress their demands and freedom of expression.”
“Evgeny has assembled a cinematic tribute to the heroism, spirit and determination of the Ukrainian people,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming. “We are honored to provide a global platform for him to share his powerful narrative.”
The Venice Film Festival runs from September 2-12. Netflix users can check online on October 9 to watch the documentary.