Netflix Original Documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom” Premieres October 9, 2015

Netflix will premiere the original documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, exclusively to Netflix members worldwide on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Chronicling events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom witnesses the formation of a new civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation’s president. The film captures the remarkable mobilization of nearly a million citizens from across the country protesting the corrupt political regime that utilized extreme force against its own people to suppress their demands and freedom of expression. The harrowing documentary is set to make its world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in September.

Evgeny has assembled a cinematic tribute to the heroism, spirit and determination of the Ukrainian people,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming. “We are honored to provide a global platform for him to share his powerful narrative.”

The filmmakers investigated the escalating political crisis in Ukraine from directly within the conflict zone. At the onset of demonstrations, they were there to record the special forces who were deployed to disperse the crowds, beating and seriously injuring hundreds of protesters. It was this moment that ultimately gave rise to mass protests and large-scale civil unrest in the country. In response, millions of Ukrainians rallied together to fight against the police state. Through interviews with protesters, activists, journalists, medical workers, artists and clergy representing multiple generations, social classes, nationalities and faiths, including a twelve-year old volunteer, the film tells the story of a diverse movement that self-organized towards one common goal, that stood their ground in the midst of extreme bloodshed, despair and the harshest of conditions.

While we were filming unfathomably brutal attacks by the police on unarmed citizens, we weren’t thinking about how to get the best shots, only the importance of showing the ways in which the movement would forever change the country and the lives of its participants,” said Afineevsky. “We’re pleased that Netflix is enabling us to share the hard truth and shocking reality of this historical event with the rest of the world.”

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is Afineevsky’s third feature documentary. He has produced over ten feature and short films, including the 2002 adaptation of Crime & Punishment, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Crispin Glover, John Hurt and Margot Kidder. He also produced and directed numerous TV projects. His feature directorial debut, Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! has garnered numerous awards at film festivals globally.

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is produced by Netflix, Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, UkrStream.TV and SPN Production, in association with Passion Pictures, Campbell Grobman Films and Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment. The film is produced by Afineevsky and Den Tolmor. John Battsek, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Lisa Nishimura, Adam Del Deo, Angus Wall, David Dinerstein, Andrew Ruhemann, Dennis L. Kogod, Nadine Khapsalis Kogod and Bohdan Batruch serve as Executive Producers.

 

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Crystal Overland Adventures Explore Asia’s Spiritual & Cultural Heritage On 2016 World Cruise

Sacred Sites of the Past and Present Highlighted on Immersive Multi-night Excursions

From the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan and the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, to China’s Great Wall and Vietnam’s notorious caves, Crystal Cruises is taking its globetrotting guests to some of the world’s most wondrous locales during Crystal Serenity‘s 2016 World Cruise. The line has unveiled more than a dozen Crystal Overland Adventures for its 102-day “Grand Pacific Panorama” voyage, highlighting some of the destinations’ – and the world’s – most stunning and

Crystal Cruises will be celebrating 25 years of sailing in 2015 with multiple theme cruises bringing back former Crystal captains, as well as current top executives. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises will be celebrating 25 years of sailing in 2015 with multiple theme cruises bringing back former Crystal captains, as well as current top executives. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

fascinating sites.

Sailing round-trip from San Francisco on January 24, Crystal Serenity sails through the South Pacific and Australia before cruising a comprehensive route through China, Japan and Southeast Asia en route back to North America via Alaska. The epic sailing is offered in six segments of 12 to 23 days, with all-inclusive segment fares starting at $4,545 per person; full World Cruise fares begin at $36,325 per person. Fares for the 2016 World Cruise Crystal Overland Adventures start at $1,369 per person and include all transportation and accommodations. Due to the nature of these programs, which are designed to be exclusive and intimate, availability may be limited.

The one-to-four-night excursions take guests hundreds of miles from ports including Shanghai, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Chan May, Xiamen and Sihanoukville to far-off places for in-depth, intimate exploration of treasured sites not accessible from the sea. Among the captivating options are:

The Kingdom of Bhutan (2 nights from Laem Chebang/Bangkok) – Travelers can observe the customs of the last remaining Buddhist Kingdom, set within the Himalayas at 8,000 feet and completely isolated from outside visitors until a few decades ago.

The Kingdom of Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan

The Temples of Angkor Wat (2 nights from Sihanoukville) – This magnificent complex of temples has earned UNESCO World Heritage status, offering travelers a glimpse into the Cambodian way of life and millennia of spiritual history that still shape it.

The Temples of Angkor Wat (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

The Temples of Angkor Wat (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Beijing and the Great Wall (2 nights from Xiamen) – One of the Seven Wonders of the World, China’s Great Wall, is a highlight of this intrepid excursion, with additional visits to other exceptional landmarks including Tiananmen Square and Beijing’s spectacular Summer Palace and the adjacent Forbidden City.

Terra Cotta Warriors

Terra Cotta Warriors

Xi’an & Terra Cotta Warriors Adventure (2 nights from Xiamen) -Guests can travel to Xi’an for a chance to encounter one of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century, the Terra Cotta Warriors and discover some of the other sights of the city, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Crystal Serenity in Sorrento, Italy

Crystal Serenity in Sorrento, Italy

Giant Pandas and Treasures of Chengdu (1 night from Shanghai) – Guests will have the chance to explore the charming culture of Chengdu, which includes ancient temples, cuisine worthy of its status as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, the acclaimed Sichuan Opera and the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding – where participants will witness the study and preservation efforts overseen there, and perhaps hold a baby panda.

Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. (Photo Credit: Parks Australia)

Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. (Photo Credit: Parks Australia)

Crystal Overland Adventures will also explore Australia’s majestic Ayers Rock and other rock formations within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, as well as to the country’s bustling capital city of Canberra where guest visit the NASA Deep Space Communication Complex for some interplanetary enrichment. This adventure concludes with a hot-air balloon ride over the city, so travelers can revel in the beauty of the destination from above.
Crystal travel adventures need not be limited to wherever the ship is located,” says President and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “It is always our goal to offer experiences that surpass guests’ expectations and offer experiences beyond what they’ve seen and done before; the Crystal Overland Adventures are a wonderful way to dive deeper into destinations.”

bridge_of_spies_ver3_xxlgCrystal Cruises is the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line, having earned more “World’s Best” accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Crystal Cruises has won “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler‘s Reader Choice Awards for 21 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso in 2014. In summer 2015, Crystal embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality, which will introduce three new classes of cruising – Crystal Yacht Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Exclusive Class – and Crystal Luxury Air by the end of 2018. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.