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Movie Times Ep. 23 Maidan

Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan is a movie about revolution that, for a large portion of its running time, shows people making sandwiches, milling around a public square, and shoveling debris. These shots are punctuated by scenes of violence, with protesters physically clashing with riot police amid billows of tears gas and flaming barricades.

There is no narrator and there are no interviews. It serves as a record of the civil uprising that occurred in the Ukraine’s capital of Kiev the winter of 2013-14 against President Yanukovych’s regime. We found Maidan at turns boring and terrifying and galvanzing, and it tells, with no words at all, very important things about collective action and resistance.

Joe and Cheryl

Cheryl and Joe watch movies and talk about them at their kitchen table. Our method: watch a movie, go home, turn on the tape recorder, and get off topic. The conversations cover boy bands, necropolitics, and something in between. Email questions, comments, and movie recommendations to: Make us watch things so you don’t have to.
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