SPOTLIGHT JUNE, 2022: Larysa Artiugina, Documentarian, Activist, and Cultural Champion

To most of the world, Russia’s massive, armed aggression against Ukraine in February 2022 came as a shock. For Ukrainian filmmaker and activist Larysa Artiugina, it may have seemed all but inevitable. Artiugina has been on the ground in eastern Ukraine, where Russia has been shelling Ukrainian citizens continuously since 2014, telling stories that depict the country’s plight and resistance—work she continues in a variety of roles. For her trouble, she has been placed on a Russian hit list.

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WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

One of the most horrifying things that has happened in these horrifying times in human history is the war Russia is waging against Ukraine. This documentary shows how Ukrainians have protested Russian dominance with the Euromaiden movement that began in November 2013 in Kyiv’s Independence Square with a three-month long peaceful demonstration that ended in a bloody confrontation with police, security forces known as Berkut, and paid thugs called Titushky that cost 125 lives, mainly of unarmed protesters, in less than 48 hours.

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