Join us on May 21 at 6 pm (GMT+1) for an online discussion Belarusian Courage with Director of Watch Docs Belarus Tatsiana Hatsura-Yavorska and Aliaksei Palyuan, a director of Courage, which is part of this year's One World IHRDFF.
Basic human rights, including freedom of opinion and expression are severely attacked in Belarus. Thousands of people who are longing to live their lives in democracy and who are calling for a change in Belarus are arrested and put in jail every day. How challenging is it for filmmakers and organizers of film festivals to do their creative jobs in Belarus? You will have a chance to learn from a film director Aliaksei Palyuan, whose latest documentary film Courage was premiered at Berlinale and is part of the International Competition at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Tatsiana Hatsura-Yavorska, director of Watch Docs Belarus, who was recently released from prison, will join the discussion. Tatsiana still remains a suspect in the criminal case, accused of organizing group actions that violate public order and involve disobedience to the authorities and she is also banned from leaving Belarus.
How challenging is it to make a documentary film about an underground theatre group in the middle of mass protests that followed presidential elections in Belarus? What special skills do you need to be able to tell an inspiring story under such circumstances? How can you organize cultural events about human rights when you live in a country known as “Europe's last dictatorship”.Where do you get courage to continue with your work?
The discussion is moderated by Heleen Gerritsen, the director of goEast Film Festival.
The discussion is part of the IDF Industry Sessions series, organized by the Institute of Documentary Film in Prague. In cooperation with One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.