Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Steve York's Orange Revolution (2007) documents the slimy and lethal politics of Ukraine that culminate in the poisoning of Viktor Yushchenko during his run for the presidency in 2004 (the disfiguring effects of dioxin shown in the top two stills, above). Disputed election results gave rise to non-violent protests and a massive tent city in Kiev. Compelling footage, including nose-to-nose confrontations with policemen, from the 17 days (and nights) of this Kiev "Orange Revolution" livens up the news footage/talking heads historical narrative. An end note clarifies that things in Ukraine weren't all rosy despite Yushchenko winning a court-ordered redo of the election.