Welcome to an evening devoted to the country hosting the on going Ice-Hockey World Championship! We will show a thrilling new documentary about the internationally celebrated Belarus Free Theatre, who’s leadership is currently residing in exile, and talk about the current human rights situation in the country.
Andrei Sannikau, former presidential candidate and political prisoner will be our special guest for the evening. Like few others he has experienced the brutality of Lukashenka’s repression. Serving as Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus in 1995-1996, he decided to resign from his post as it became clear that basic principles of democracy would not be respected during Lukashenka’s rule. Gradually he became one of Lukashenka’s most outspoken critics, and consequently, a main target of the of the repressive regime.
Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (documentary, 2014)
Synopsis: Creating provocative theater carries great personal risks: emotional, financial and artistic. For the members of the Belarus Free Theatre, there are additional risks: censorship, imprisonment, and worse. Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes with the acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers who, in a desolate country choked by censorship and repression, defy Europe’s last remaining dictatorship.
Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus picks up the story in 2010 when the KGB is cracking down on dissenters, sixteen years after Belarus’ President Alexandr Lukashenka took power during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, Dangerous Acts gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets.
Director: Madeleine Sackler
Country: USA, UK, Belarus
Language: Belarusian, Russian, English (English subtitles)
Release Date: 28 March 2014
Production Co: Great Curve Films
Length: 76 minuter
Age limit: 15 years
International distribution: Dogwoof | dogwoof.com
When: Wed 21 May, at 18.00-20.30 hours
Where: Slottsbiografen, Nedre Slottsgatan 6, Uppsala
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Organizer: Östgruppen (www.ostgruppen.se).