As if it was a spiritual successor to Loznitsa's The Event, this documentary continues exploring the faces of a society in turmoil, just this time Loznitsa himself is creating the archive without trying to impose a clear idea, or narrative.
And even with that, it manages to preserve the poetics of one of the most important events of the last decade. The sounds of the National Anthem, Mass, and Okean Elzy give way to to the tones of a warzone, where fireworks, used as a spectacle before, become a weapon. The document alternates between the tides until concluding on a somber, even chilling, note.
"Heroes do not die", chants the crowd in the end. Yet, looking at the whole country from a temporal distance, one cannot but ask - what about the ideals said heroes fought for?