Aliaksei Paluyan
Germany, Belarus | 2021 | 90 min
International Premiere
Languages : Belarusian, Russian
Subtitles : English, French

The Free Theatre of Belarus has been fighting since 2005 against the government of Alexander Lukashenko, in power for 26 years. Through valuable historical testimonies, the film follows three members of the Theatre during the protests unleashed after the fraudulent presidential elections of 2020 and shows the Impressive people’s struggle against a criminal regime. 

The temporality of the film’s first images is easily recognisable: the blurred analogue video instantly refers to the nineties, 20 years before the digital era. However, these images document the permanence of a past that looms large over the present and build bridges between generations of Belarusians who fought the same battle against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, president for more than 26 years. A protagonist of the struggle since 2005, the Free Theatre of Belarus, persecuted by the government, maintains a vocation of resistance, shedding light through its clandestine works on the crimes committed by the regime. The film follows the actions of three active members, inside the Theatre but also during the mass demonstrations that followed the fraudulent presidential elections in August 2020. Between political action and cinematographic sensibility, Aliaksei Paluyan connects different historical moments and spaces of agitation – the theatre and the street, two stages in their own right – highlighting their participation in the same resistance that transcends time and space.

Violeta Bava


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