This film is not about the revolution that changed Ukraine last winter. Not exactly. Instead it shows a universal pattern of this particular kind of uprisings – those that end with bloodshed. At first, the noble endeavor for freedom collides with the dark force of the repressive rulers. Then eventually, after much confusion and chaos, the righteous anger of people changes to pure outrage. And when the first casualties on both sides fall, no matter how black and white it seems from outside, the edge between good and bad blurs when one looks from the epicenter of a battle. And finally, all things are ablaze.
Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov are lifelong friends and colleagues who have worked as photo reporters for many years. When they switched to filmmaking in order to be able to tell a bigger story, their photojournalistic approach became something that defines their cinematographic style. All Things Ablaze is their first feature length documentary. Oleksandr has also directed a short documentary Sirs and Misters, together with Aleksey as DP.
All Things Ablaze (2014)