“Courage” film about Belarus protests Premieres in Berlin
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In the presence of Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the documentary film Courage about the protests in Belarus is scheduled to celebrate its premiere this Friday at the Berlinale.
Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, has also been announced for a panel discussion relating to the film about the protests in Belarus.
Artists were considered central forces in last year’s revolution against ruler Alexander Lukashenko, including Alexievich.
The author and Tikhanovskaya, who has repeatedly defied Lukashenko in Belarus, had to leave their homeland under the pressure of repression against dissidents.
Tikhanovskaya is considered by many to be the winner of the disputed presidential election of August 9, 2020, after which Lukashenko had himself proclaimed president again. The European Union no longer recognizes him as head of state.
The documentary by Aliaksei Paluyan shown at the Berlinale Summer Special is about three actors who are followed by the documentary before and during the revolution against Lukashenko.
The result is a work about the peaceful uprising of the people in Belarus against injustice and the brutal repression of the democracy movement, the film distributor said.
Paluyan was able to bring the film material out of the country in autumn 2020, before the borders were temporarily closed to media representatives.
Lukashenko, criticized as “Europe’s last dictator,” has declared the revolution defeated. The 66-year-old has been in power for around 27 years.