10 October 2008

Swan Song for the Orange Revolution

A swan song is being sung in Ukraine for the Orange Revolution. Of the team that once stood together on the stage on Maidan Nezalezhnosti even Yuriy Lutsenko is now breaking from supporting President Yushchenko. The OR has received a great deal of retrospective heat since those cold days on Maidan in 2004. It seems the predominate opinion is that the political capital established by President Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko has been recklessly squandered replaced instead by in-fighting and indecisiveness. The teenager on T.V. yesterday asks: "When are politicians going to stop worrying so much about politics and start worrying about Ukraine and its economy?"

As much as I too would have loved to see the days on Maidan followed up with mass indictments of corrupt government bureaucrats, the OR will always hold a special place in my heart due to the simple fact that Ukrainians rose up together, stood their ground , and demanded their voice be heard. It was an incredible, festive, peaceful time of working together as a people.

Nowhere have I seen this captured better on film than in the "Orange Chronicles" by Damyan Kolodiy. (cf. Orange Chronicles Website)

Damyan has been faithfully conducting viewings and participating in film festivals with his documentary. Most recently he has shown his film in London, and at the EU in Brussels. See his interview with BBC here: BBC Interview


Oleksandr said...

Dear Peter!

I'm an organizing committee member of Blogcamp CEE 2008, leading Eastern
European conference on new media, blogs, social networks, online
startups etc. Blogcamp is scheduled on on Oct. 17-19 in Kyiv; you may
find details at http://blogcampcee.com.

I'm thinking about having a discussion session "Blogging in English in Eastern
Europe" at Blogcamp on Oct. 18th. Would you like to participate in such
(panel) discussion?

If yes, please let me know at mail@demchenko.info

PS I blog at http://demchenko.info


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