Documentary Feature | 114 minutes

HIFF 2022

 Conflict & Resolution

Directed by
Evgeny Afineevsky

Produced by
Evgeny Afineevsky, Will Znidaric, Ted Hope, Galyna Sadomtseva-Nabaranchuk, Shahida Tulaganova, Inna Goncharova

US Premiere

2022 | Ukrainian/Russian | Ukraine/UK/USA

Academy Award® nominee Evgeny Afineevsky (WINTER ON FIRE) received widespread acclaim at the Venice Film Festival for his latest feature, a gripping, urgent record of the war in Ukraine and the resilience of its people. Holding an unflinching gaze upon the violence perpetrated against the Ukrainian civilians whose lives have been upended by Russia’s invasion, Afineevsky deftly contextualizes on-the-ground events within the region’s larger geopolitical history. Featuring narration from Dame Helen Mirren and constructed primarily through moving interviews with survivors and harrowing firsthand footage, FREEDOM ON FIRE gives voice to the people of Ukraine as their democracy undergoes an existential assault.

Scheduled to attend: Director Evgeny Afineevsky