Film "Orange segment"


Number of episodes - 3
Timing of each episode - 45 Minutes
Year - 2004

A documentary of the well-known Ukrainian film-publicist Igor Kobrin "Orange segment" presents the important and drama events of the critical period of the Ukrainian history - creation of the government of Central Council and participation of the Ukrainian delegation in negotiations in Brest.

On 03 March 1918 according to the peace agreement between the Soviet Russia and Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey, the Germans annexed Poland, Baltic, part of Byelorussia and Transcaucasia, received the contribution of 6 billion marks. Bolsheviks agreed to sign this agreement to save their power. The group of "left communists" led by Nikolay Bukharin was against the Brest peace and agreed "to use an opportunity of loss of the Soviet power" for the sake of interests of the international revolution.

The contract was cancelled by the Soviet government on 13 November 1918 after the revolution in Germany", - just in this way the Soviet historical science interpreted this important event in the modern history. But the events connected with the participation in negotiations of the Ukrainian delegation, and with consequences of the Brest peace for Ukraine in general till the recent time were closed for the public.

Igor Kobrin's film for the first time reasonably and convincingly represents in the documentary cinema one of the versions of those events.

Unconditional advantage of the film is its richness of the unique shots of newsreel of those times, which enables the viewer to learn about historical "background" of events of the end 1917 - early 1918.

НThe author tactfully and in details used in the text the fragments of recollections of participants of the negotiations, the members of German, Austro-Hungarian, Bolshevik and Ukrainian delegations, and the official documents agreed in the result of negotiations.

The most successful places in the film are those that tell about declaration by the Central Council of independence of the Ukrainian People's republic (the Fourth Universal), about the secret declaration between UPR and Austria-Hungary, which assumed reunion of East Galichina and Bukovina, about providing the Ukrainian People's republic with weapon from Germany and Austria-Hungary for the struggle against Bolsheviks.

Igor Kobrin's new work is a worthy continuation of his historical investigations and, certainly, will be a success in the vast masses of audience.