Courage

(Courage)

For 14 years, the Belarusian Free Theatre has bravely criticised Lukashenko's authoritarian regime in its performances. But at a time when the country is at a crossroads, the functioning of the theatre is more endangered than ever before.

The struggle for creative freedom and freedom of speech in Belarus is at a turning point. The perseverance and courage of thousands of protesters calling for change and democracy have so far met with the same relentless state violence and arrests. What does the future hold for the members of the independent Belarusian Free Theatre? The whole country has now become a stage on which everyone is forced to take a role in the real struggle for the future of Belarus.

Impact

On 9 August 2020, Alexander Lukashenko was elected President of Belarus for the sixth time. Protests subsequently erupted across the country, watched by the whole world. The film Courage quickly provided an impressive reflection of the whole situation from the point of view of the ensemble of the Belarusian Free Theatre. Several initiatives have been launched to support the Belarusian protesters, whose freedom of expression has been persistently silenced by the repressive state forces. Amnesty International collects signatures in support of a free Belarus. Thanks to the Human Rights Foundation, people can express their solidarity with Belarus by means of a financial contribution. The Belarus Solidarity Fund's target is two million dollars, and it's getting there!

About the film

Director: Aliaksei Paluyan
Germany, Belarus
2021 | 90 min.

Language: Belorussian, Russian

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor and indoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

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Director

Aliaksei Paluyan

Filmography
2021 - Courage
2019 - Lake of Happiness
2018 - Ruhestörung
2017 - Country of Women

Aliaksei Paluyan

Screenings

10. 05. 19:00 Jeden svět živě: Stream
CSL Interpretation CART Real-time translation Open captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing
DiscussionLinda Bartošová, moderator, Czech Television
Tomáš Petříček,
Aliaksei Paluyan, director
Kyril Masheka,
Natallia Satsunkevich, coordinator of the Human Rights Center Viasna
17. 05. 21:00 Liberec: Lidové sady Liberec
26. 05. 20:15 Praha: DOX
DiscussionNatallia Satsunkevich, coordinator of the Human Rights Center Viasna
26. 05. 20:30 Český Krumlov: Klášterní dvůr
28. 05. 20:00 Police nad Metují: Terasa před Muzeem papírových modelů
31. 05. 18:00 Brno: Kino Art
31. 05. 21:00 Boskovice: Prostor
02. 06. 20:30 Brno: Kinostan v Lužánkách
03. 06. 19:00 Ostrava: Centrum Pant
03. 06. 20:30 Sušice: Ostrov Santos

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