Lekcja Bialoruskiego

A Lesson of Belorussian

Franek Viacorka introduces himself in voice-over, accompanied by black-and-white images. He was born in Belarus in 1988, three years before the Soviet Union collapsed. In 2004 the anti-nationalist and dictatorial Aleksandr Lukashenko took the helm of the country. Franek‘s father established a nationalist lyceum that was forced shut in 2001, an event that was captured on film. Next, the picture turns to colour and it is 2006. Franek is now a political activist. He and his friends film all their acts of resistance, which are incorporated in the fast-paced montage of the documentary. The young activists‘ enthusiasm gives the documentary a hopeful, sometimes even cheerful air, but always against the background of impending arrests.

European Panorama 2007
Miroslaw Dembinski
Poland 2006
53 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Mirosław Dembiński
Cinematography Maciej Szafnicki, Michał Ślusarczyk
Editing Mirosław Dembiński
Film Studio Everest Pl. Zwyciestwa 2, bud, D, nr 2 90 312 Łódź Polen T +48 42 676 75 41 F +48 42 676 75 41 mirek@studioeverest.pl www.studioeverest.pl
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