Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
RE VERZIO: Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus
Madeleine Sackler | 2013 | UK, USA | 76‘
Wednesday, 15 April, 6 pm
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 exile. When authorities forbid critical examinations of politics, suicide, sexuality, and alcoholism, the Free Theatre responds by injecting these taboos into performances that are staged underground. But flaunting government censorship and repression comes at some considerable risk. Even being an audience member requires some serious subterfuge. Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, the film goes behind the scenes with the acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers. The documentary picks up the story in 2010, with the state crackdown on dissenters sixteen years after Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko takes power. In the aftermath of a dubious presidential election in 2012, the state secret services continue to target the Free Theatre, forcing its members to make a desperate choice: flee the country and continue to create work in exile, or stay and risk imprisonment.
Winner of Movies that Matter Award, 2014
WHERE: OSA ARCHIVUM
Budapest V, Arany János u. 32.
www.osaarchivum.org / www.verzio.org
Seating is first-come first-served basis. Come on time! / ADMISSION FREE
OSA Archivum and Verzio Film Festival present 7 outstanding documentaries - the most popular films of the 11th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (www.verzio.org).
Do not miss this rare opportunity to watch some of the best documentary features of 2014 for FREE!
Films are screened in original language with English subtitles.