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All Things Ablaze
Kiev en feu - Maïdan se soulève

Ukraine. Hiver 2013-2014. A quoi ressemble la lutte pour la liberté vue de l’intérieur ? Que se passe-t-il quand la soif de liberté débouche sur une guerre civile et que les politiques énoncent les règles du jeu ? Un récit passionné de la révolte ukrainienne qui ose défier les positions politiques partiales et examine le cœur d’un conflit complexe et violent. La place Maidan comme champ de bataille : La protestation devient violence et fait perdre le contrôle - sur les deux côtés. À bout de souffle, le mouvement continue irrésistiblement, avec l'énergie de masse, vers l'enfer…

The Ukraine may be ablaze for a while yet and the symbol of the Maidan in Kiev – burning barrels and tyre barricades – may continue to be the visual and olfactory nexus of the revolutionary memory. Sooty faces, determined but tired, their heads bloody but hard. The many-voiced battle cry “Glory to Ukraine, glory to the heroes”, a strange common denominator shared by all the rebels, echoes across the square. What started with drums, bagpipes and European flags and turned seamlessly into bloody resistance against the truncheon battalions and violence on both sides sparked – which this collective project, expressive and informative despite its abstinence of commentary makes abundantly clear – an energy in the masses that was unpredictable and unstoppable. There is a scene at the heart of the film whose length takes it to the limits of endurance but makes its symbolism almost palpable: protesters joyfully and forcefully demolish a huge bust of Lenin, taking victory photos (not quite sure about what precisely Lenin has to do with their hatred) while an old Soviet character hugs his beloved colossal stone fragment and refuses to let go until he almost collapses. The Maidan as a battlefield. Quelle horreur!
(Barbara Wurm)

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