Live stream recording - Saturday 1 february 2014 - 22.32 CET
Film trailer: youtu.be/GTdRWmIH5Og
Part 2. - Q & A with documentary director Madeleine Sackler via Skype by Hollis Kurman
Today, Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe. However, we hardly hear about this country in the news. This documentary tells the story of the Belarus Free Theatre, a group that makes provocative theater about the repression in Belarus. Theyperform both nationally and internationally in an attempt to bring attention to the oppression experienced under the Lukashenko regime. In Lukashenko’s ideology, alcohol, child abuse and suicide do not exist. Topics such as sexual orientation and political diversity are taboo. Director Madeleine Sackler paints a picture of the underground theatre group a few months before the elections of 2010 and one year after the elections. The hopeful months end in an expected and disappointing election result, which encourages the group to flee the country and find political asylum abroad. Their performances in cities such as New York turn out to be a great success, though the actors still dream of returning home to Belarus.
Part 1. - Film screening introduction by Belarus expert Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch.
Part 2. - Q & A with director Madeleine Sackler via Skype by Hollis Kurman