(106 minutes) Ukraine/USA
Director/Producer: Steve York
If the world remembers one image from Ukraine's Orange Revolution, it is the hideously scarred face of opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, and the mystery of his near-fatal poisoning. For many, that's both the beginning and the end of the story. Veteran filmmaker Steve York fills in the blanks with this in-depth look at the events of the Orange Revolution. With footage never seen even in Ukraine, penetrating conversations with those who made the revolution, and music performed live at pivotal moments, Orange Revolution captures the spirit and the determination of the most successful political protest of the decade--a nonviolent victory which reverberates with meaning for citizens the world over. For 17 days a group of ordinary citizens engaged in extraordinary acts of political protest. Orange Revolution tells the story of a people united, not by one leader or one party, but by one idea: to defend their vote.
Steve York makes films about crisis and conflict, war and peace, religion and culture, always seen from a human scale. He began his documentary career as a film editor, working with Charles Guggenheim and Bill Moyers in the 1970s, and his editor's perspective remains central to his work. For over 20 years, his productions have received consistent praise. Orange Revolution is Steve York's second feature documentary. His first, A Force More Powerful (1999) about successful nonviolent revolutions was expanded into a three-hour television series for air on PBS. Nominated for an Emmy, the series has been translated into numerous languages, including Arabic, Burmese, Indonesian, Farsi, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish and broadcast around the world. York has been producing award-winning documentaries for television since the 1980s. Topics range from Islamic fundamentalism to the Vietnam Memorial to American advertising. His recent documentary, Bringing Down A Dictator, was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody award. His company, York Zimmerman Inc, is based in Washington, DC.
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