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Orange Revolution

Steve York directed this lively account of the mass demonstrations that gripped Ukraine in 2004, following the ruling authoritarian regime's attempt to steal the presidential election from the charismatic reform candidate, Viktor Yushchenko. Hundreds of thousands of citizens occupied Kiev's central square and surrounded government buildings for several weeks in a tense standoff with government troops. York, whose previous film, A Force More Powerful (1999), examined several nonviolent revolutions, nicely captures the excitement and volatility of the events on the ground, and his access to the uprising's key players makes for a timely and fascinating look at grassroots democracy in action. In English and subtitled Ukrainian. 106 min.

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