2007, Directed by Steve York
Orange Revolution uses historical footage to document the Ukrainian people’s struggle against a corrupt government through peaceful protests that demanded a fair election. The film is definitely inspiring, as viewers watch all the events unfold and listen to a variety of accounts from Ukrainians who were actually involved in the demonstrations that defined this movement. It seems as though almost every aspect is captured on film in full detail. The documentary also provides a comprehensive history of the Ukrainian government’s corruption for viewers that may not have been aware of the reasons behind such a powerful movement. The director of the film, Steve York, also manages to completely refrain from using his own thoughts on the matter by refraining from using his own voice–he just provides all the footage and lets viewers decide for themselves how they feel and to find a deeper meaning within the film. Though the ending was surprisingly disappointing, one can’t help but consider the power of nonviolent activism and resistance, especially if half the country gets on board.