The Maidan documentary landed in trouble last month after several commentators trounced the film for containing factual errors and accused the authors of being a cog in the Russian propaganda machinery, whereas a number of exile-Ukrainian organizations (such as Ukrainian Youth in Sweden or Maidan Norway) stated in an open letter that the film gave a "misleading" picture of their beloved homeland.
The filmmaker, Paul Moreira, earlier admitted his film was "contrary to the commonly accepted narrative," but noted that the public's hostile reaction still shocked him. Later he also admitted being called a ‘propagandist' and a ‘terrorist' on the payroll of Russian intelligence agencies.
My new film "Ukraine: Masks of the Revolution" shown at the FIPA in Biarritz.— Paul Moreira (@PaulMoreiraPLTV) 19 января 2016 г.
Not in the mainstream narrative. https://t.co/vTeKzlGQZl
"Ukraine, The Masks of the Revolution" is about the Maidan uprising and the violent protests against the then government which led to bloodshed and the subsequent ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in early 2014. The film also deals with the disproportionate role extreme right-wing organizations (such as the Right Sector, the Azov Battalion and the Svoboda Party) played in the uprising and claims that these were supported by the United States. Besides, it also covers the deadly violence in the southern Ukrainian town of Odessa that left over 40 anti-government protesters dead.