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Film Selection: Belarus

BelarusianWaltz.jpgBelarusian Waltz

Director: Andrzej Fidyk

Year: 2007

Country: Norway, Poland

Length: 73 min

In Belarus, the totalitarian regime cracks down on all opposition. Anyone criticizing the dictator risks imprisonment and torture. Our film, Belarusian Waltz is on the incredible personal story of the performance artist Alexander Pushkin, who is one of very few who is not scared. Facing grave consequences he organizes public stunts that mock president Lukashenka. Through his art and sense of humour we take a deep dive into the soul of the Belarusian people.

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220pxA_Lesson_of_Belorussian_poster.jpgA Lesson of Belarusian

Director: Miroslaw Dembinski

Year: 2006

Country: Belarus, Poland

Length: 53 min

A Lesson of Belarusian is about young activists who never give up believing that Belarus will one day be free. Franek Viacorka studies at an elite school established by his father to promote the Belarusian language. However, the school has been banned and operating underground since 2003, a victim of the anti-democratic rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. Franek and his classmates are both passionate and thoughtful, expressing their critical attitude to the government by issuing an underground newspaper, recording music with activist lyrics and organizing an opposition concert. Despite the imprisonment of Franek's father and the constant threat of their own arrest, they are undeterred. In the March 2006 presidential election, they support the democratic opposition candidate in a mass demonstration in Minsk's main square. While the candidate is powerless to combat Lukashenko's corruption and use of riot police, Franek and his classmates realize that fearlessness is a victory in itself.


KalinovskiSquare.jpgKalinovski Square

Director: Yury Kashchevatskiy

Year: 2007

Country: Estonia

Length: 87 min

The Film assembles together all the debris of the opinions, comparing different historical events, jeering at the Belarus dictator's arrogance and manners, admiring courage and dedication of the young generation.

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