Thursday, January 26, 2023

Iron Butterflies (2023) Sundance 2023

This  is a look at the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which was shot down by Russian forces over eastern Ukraine in 2014 threw news video, reconstructions, trial footage and intercepted recordings.

This is going to be the most low key film you will see on the never ending Ukraine conflict. There is no narration only text that gives us context. Director Roman Liubyi is letting the words and images speak for themselves. Yes this is almost a decade before the current mess, but it is one of the key events in run up to now.

Full disclosure while I liked this film a great deal, seeing the film in the middle of a festival crush resulted in it not having the effect it should have. The film's low key nature is what I remember not the the emotional nature of the story of lives lost through stupidity, lack of caring and the evil nature of some parts of humanity.

If you want to understand the roots of the current conflict this film is a must see.

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