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Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus + Q&A
DocHouse Thursdays

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus + Q&A

Dir. Madeleine Sackler
USA - 2013 - 76 mins

Thursday 10th April, 2014 at 8:50pm

The Lexi Cinema
194b Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3JU

£7 (£5 conc)

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Creating provocative theatre carries great personal risks: emotional, financial and artistic. For the members of the Belarus Free Theatre, however, there are additional risks: censorship, imprisonment, and worse. Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes to cover a dramatic year in the life of an acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers who defy Europe's last remaining dictatorship.

When authorities forbid critical examinations of such topics as sexual orientation, alcoholism, suicide and politics, the Free Theatre responds by injecting these taboos into performances staged underground. But as a dubious presidential election looms, the KGB starts to target the Free Theatre's founders who find themselves torn between fighting for their art and the safety of themselves and their families.

Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, Dangerous Acts is an astonishing piece of political cinema, giving audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets.

Joining us after the film will be Mike Harris, former Head of Advocacy at Index on Censorship and a Belarus human rights campaigner.

Entirely engrossing - TimeOut
An absorbing documentary that shines a light on the courage and talents of its subjects - CineVue
An admirable document of courage and resistance - The Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Golden Butterfly - Movies That Matter Festival 2014
Official Selection:
IDFA 2013


Mike Harris visited the Belarus Free Theatre in September 2010 prior to the presidential elections. While there, a close friend of the theatre, Oleg Bebenin, was found dead in suspicious circumstances. Since then, Mike has campaigned alongside the Free Theatre on a number of successful campaigns including stopping the Royal Bank of Scotland from selling Belarusian government bonds. He is now Campaign Director of Don't Spy On Us.

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