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Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Musicians & Performers
Politics & Political Intrigue
Russian & Eastern European Culture & Issues
War & Conflict
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Aliaksei Paluyan
Producer(s):Jörn Möllenkamp
Editor(s):Behrooz Karamizade
Writer(s):Aliaksei Paluyan
Cinematography:Tanya Haurylchyk
Jesse Mazuch
Sound:Vensan Mazmanyan


Artscapes: Creative minds, artistic pursuits and inventive filmmaking

August, 2020: During the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, three actors take to the streets and use theatre to protest for change. "Art must accumulate, art must have an explosion." Through their work, they give voice to the people in their demand for a long-awaited change of government power, despite great personal risk. While the regime continues to silence those who speak up, and members of the theatre group are arrested, Maryna, Pavel and Denis transform stories of courage and protest into action through performance. Courage is an urgent and necessary portrait of a country on the brink of civil war, providing deep insight into the Belarus of today. Darlene Naponse

Co-presented with Toronto Fringe

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  • Variety - "Powerful doc captures spirit of popular uprising in Belarus"
  • Screen Daily - "Absorbing, stirring but also nuanced"

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