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It feels like a repeat of the sordid U.S. election scandals, where voters were barred from doing their democratic duty and blame was placed on ballots and the process. But during the 2004 elections in the Ukraine -- where citizens had endured a visibly corrupt governing under President Kuchma and his endorsed, equally criminal successor, they refused to accept the lies. ... a fascinating look at how true leveling power comes with unifying under an umbrella of a belief. --Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The broad scope of the film and the brilliant way it is shot and put together makes of it almost a thriller where truth is stranger -- and more exciting than fiction. ... Besides being an exciting historical documentation of a very recent series of events Orange Revolution; will resonate strongly with the American electorate which sat in front of their TV sets helplessly as Mr. Bush stole the American presidential election in 2000! --Filmfestivals.com
This excellent documentary chronicles the events before and after the disputed election with interviews with all the key players and superb footage of the protestors, braving Kiev s cold weather to claim their democratic rights. ...Plaudits are due both to the work of Steve York and the bravery of the Ukrainian people. --Prostamerika.com
About the Director
Steve York is a veteran documentary filmmaker who has worked in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America on subjects ranging from religious fundamentalism to American history to nonviolent conflict. Orange Revolution is York's third documentary about successful nonviolent movements. His first, A Force More Powerful, an in-depth examination of the history of nonviolent conflict, played in film festivals in 1999 and then was broadcast on national public television and nominated for an Emmy. His next project, Bringing Down A Dictator, chronicled the defeat of Slobodan Milosevic and won the coveted George Foster Peabody award in 2003. Like A Force More Powerful, Dictator has been translated into some ten languages and distributed around the world.
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I was particularly taken with the interviews. You are completely aware that you are getting a first-hand account from those that were on the ground, making things happen. If you would like to learn the story of how and why Yuschenko was successful in the end, I suggest watching this film.