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Courage (15*) + ScreenTalk with Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada of Belarus Free Theatre and director Aliaksei Paluyan

New East Cinema

A crowd of people in Belarus waving the countries flag

Three members of the Belarus Free Theatre find themselves at the centre of the 2020 protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s totalitarian regime.

The Belarus Free Theatre was established in 2005 with the sole mission to expose Lukashenko’s oppression through art. Although officially banned by the state and with a theatre director exiled in London, the artists continue to speak truth to power. In August 2020, after Lukashenko secured his sixth term as president in the disputed election, a disillusioned nation took to the streets.

Aliaksei Paluyan’s extraordinary documentary Courage follows the Belarus Free Theatre as they once again demand a fairer future. A film as politically urgent as it is emotionally touching, Courage makes for a convincing case on the power of art in the midst of a crisis.

After the film, we're joined on stage by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada of the Belarus Free Theatre, and virtually by director Aliaksei Paluyan.

Belarus 2021 Dir Aliaksei Paluyan 90 min

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