On September 7, at the 79th Venice Film Festival, the out-of-competition premiere of the documentary film Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Struggle for Freedom about the war in Ukraine by the American director Evgeny Afineevsky will take place.
Filming continued in Ukraine until the second week of August, and Afineevsky completed work on the film only on August 31, when Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed celebrities and foreign press at the festival’s opening ceremony, urging the world not to forget the war in Ukraine, reports Variety.
“It’s important not to avoid the fact that the war is still there,” says the director. “It’s important to use our ability as filmmakers who are coming from Hollywood to give a spotlight to these stories, when the world is seeing them less on their TV screens,” said the director.
Evgeny Afineevsky was nominated for an Oscar for the 2015 documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, about the mass demonstrations on the Maidan in Kyiv that ousted Viktor Yanukovych from power. His latest film not only recounts the current war through the accounts of survivors, but demonstrates how the events of that winter prompted Russian President Putin to seize Ukraine’s Crimea and lead directly to the present day.