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Evgeny Afineevsky, Nataliia Nagorna, Hanna Zaitseva – Freedom on fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom #Venezia79

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A documentary on Ukraine’s invasion by Russia, told by its anonymous protagonists.

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PODCAST | David Martos interviews Evgeny Afineevsky, Nataliia Nagorna and Hanna Zaitseva, director and actresses of the film Freedom on fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom.

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Evgeny Afineevsky, director of the documentary Freedom on fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom talks to FRED about why he began to document the war provoked by Vladimir Putin in February 2022. Nataliia Nagorna (journalist) and Hanna Zaitseva (teacher) tell us how were their lives before the invasion and how are they living now. The film debut out of competition in Venice

Freedom on fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom: The film depicts the horrible realities of this unprovoked war instigated by Vladimir Putin. It is an exploration of the courage of the Ukrainian people, fiercely determined to stand their ground until ‘the last drop of blood’. Demonstrating an astounding ability to unite as a people and defend the sovereignty of their country, Ukrainians show compassion and resilience even when surrounded by death, destruction, and unfathomable war crimes. The film transports viewers through a war that started immediately after Maidan (Revolution of Dignity) in 2014 and continues through the 2022 Russian invasion. Through personal stories of civilians, children, soldiers, doctors, the country’s elderly, journalists, religious leaders, and international volunteers, this is a humanising diary of millions of people whose lives were turned upside down by eight years of conflict.

  • Reporter
    David Martos
  • Guest
    Evgeny Afineevsky, Nataliia Nagorna, Hanna Zaitseva
  • Interviewee role
    Director, Actresses
  • Film title
    Freedom on fire: Ukraine's fight for freedom
  • Festival section
    Official Selection (Out of competition)
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