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Crossroads - Ukraine and the Triumph of Democracy

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Through the eyes of six Ukrainians, "CROSSROADS - Ukraine and the Triumph of Democracy" examines the history and current events of Ukraine, including its Orange Revolution of 2004, as context for exploring the question of democracy and what it means to be or to become an autonomous, free, and self-governing people.


"Documentary filmmaker Paul Tremblay has made a sensitive, surprisingly intimate documentary about Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution, contextualizing the struggle for democracy within a history of outside encroachment and juxtaposing candid profiles of revolution participants with poetic footage taken by Ukrainian filmmaker Aleksandr Dovzhenko." --The Washington Post

The film "takes the story of our country to a very human level, and makes it accessible and compelling not only to the mind, but also to the heart. As diplomats, that is one of our own most important objectives: to show the human face of our people, our land, our traditions, our nation. This thoughtful film accomplishes exactly that." --Oleh Shamshur, Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States

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  • Actors: Oksana Bazylevych, Stephan Bublyk, Yevhen Horohivsky, Margaryta Kostiuk, Tymofii Mahoniok
  • Directors: Paul Tremblay
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alaya Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OQF4O2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An Official Selection at the Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Festival 2006 and the Asheville Film Festival 2006, `Crossroads--Ukraine and the Triumph of Democracy' is a DVD deserving acclaim and attention as it records Ukraine's historic steps leading to her embrace of democracy. Cities where this film has screened include: Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and London.

Alaya Productions, which is dedicated to producing stories about people as told from and through their personal experiences, is an independent documentary production company. And, Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, Oleh Shamshur, states, in part, on the back cover of the DVD that one of the most important objectives that diplomats have is to show the human face of their people, their land, their traditions, their nation--and this thoughtful film accomplishes exactly that.

In this one-hour feature documentary, events are portrayed via the archival black and white film footage (from the 1920's-30's) of Aleksandr Dovzhenko (Dovzhenko Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine), CTB Television, Kyiv, and CNN Image Source; still photography of Yuri Kosin (`Through the Eyes of Ukraine'); and, interspersed interviews given by six Ukrainians (Oksana Bazylevych, Stephan Bublyk, Ruslana Lyzhichko, Yevhen Horokhivsky, Margaryta Kostiuk and Tymofii Mahoniok). Not only is Ruslana interviewed, but her music (`Wild Dances') is also used, as is the music from `Ukrainian Melodies' (Rostok Records). Glimpses from the Orange Revolution include original footage.

The narrator speaks slowly, granting the gravity and importance to the subject matter that it greatly deserves. This 2007 Alaya Productions documentary takes us on Ukraine's journey in quest of democracy.
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"Crossroads" contrasts itself from all other Orange documentaries in a unique way. . The other Orange documentaries are presented from the producer's and/or director's perspective (right or wrong; whereas, Crossroads is from the people's perspective). This approach captures and presents the historic event much more realistically."
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