From pagan roots to the present day, Spotlight: Belarus reveals the historical, cultural, and social aspects of a European country infamous for its political regime. The program highlights the country’s times of prosperity, fight for freedom, and sorrows of the brutally oppressed. On screen, the filmmakers vividly address the most vulnerable and painful topics with satire, metaphors, and music, shedding light on injustice and holding the perpetrators accountable. This compelling story of hope and devastation begins at the level of a single human being and ultimately features the whole of Belarus.
Triggerwarning: explicit depiction or mention of physical or emotional violence
Daria Yurkevich // France, Belarus // 2014 // 15:00 min
Grandma Sima is worried about her alcoholic son's future. Alas, as bad luck would have it, the village's main vodka producer lives right next door. Manya, a white goat, is her only consolation.
Veronika Bolotina // Germany, England, Belarus // 2021 // 13:00 min
Documentary, Live Action
A short film takes matters even further, to the court hearing of the highest authority and a highest being. The judges are the angels who are now judging those working for the regime and working as judges during their lifetime. The film is both frightening and comical, and in its essence politically neutral.