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Panel discussion: Protests and Belarusian Sisterhood

13. 10. 2020

Author: IDF

Join our online panel discussion Protests and Belarusian Sisterhood (October 14, 7 pm /CEST/) with the producer Maria Yahorava, Marion Döring, director of the European Film Academy and board member of the newly established International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR), and Elena Gapova, professor of sociology at Western Michigan University in the USA. Moderated by Heleen Gerritsen, the director of goEast Film Festival. The discussion is part of IDF Industry Sessions.

The Support of Belarusian freedom continues in the month of October. We bring you the first of online discussions from a new series of IDF Industry Sessions that will continue throughout the year. A young film producer Maria Yahorava was arrested and detained for twelve days for participating in the Women's anti-government March. Her aim was to bring public attention to and provoke dialog regarding the thirty-year appropriation of power by a man who doesn't want to accept that Ms. Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya is the probable winner of the latest presidential election in Belarus.



Belarusian repressive forces are more aggressive than ever, detaining protesters and subjecting them to physical and psychological torture. Independent documentary filmmakers and journalists are considered a great threat by the government. What is their current situation? What goes on behind the walls of Belarusian prisons? What is the role of women in the generally peaceful protest? Is there any way we can help the unjustly detained? These will be some of the topics discussed by documentary film producer Maria YahoravaMarion Döring, director of The European Film Academy and board member of the newly established International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR), and Elena Gapova, professor of sociology at Western Michigan University in the USA.. The discussion will be moderated by Heleen Gerritsen, director of the goEast festival in Wiesbaden (Germany). The panel discussion will be in English.

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Painting "Belarusian Venus" by artist Yana Chernova

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