Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: In a documentary that does not have a single central protagonist, there are numerous women among the large ensemble of interviewees: activists, art critics, musicians, doctors, and many others. And not a single one of them is defined by a relationship to a man or a child: they are all their own people, defined foremost as themselves and the roles they play in the revolution, and the authority they wield to discuss it.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.