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7 Films, 7 Great Stories. Watch Documentary Festival BELARUSDOCS Online!

“Some were crying when they watched the film”, organizers of BELARUSDOCS,  a festival of Belarusian documentary films, say about one of the movies. This year’s edition has an unusual format – for eight days every entry will be available online in  HD-quality.

The festival is running on October  4-10, 2016. The program includes seven most distinguished Belarusian films of the last 3 years, which were presented and awarded first prizes at some of the leading film festivals in Europe and the CIS countries.

The films can be watched in any part of the globe, and most of them include English subtitles.

To WATCH a movie follow this LINK. Click on “СМОТРЕТЬ ОНЛАЙН” button to start watching.

Each of the seven films will be available online for one day (from 0.00 to 23.59) at AFISHA.TUT.BY website.

4 October – “Almaz”

(2013; directed by Victor Aslyuk; screened in Russian with English subtitles)

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“Almaz” is the work of the master of the Belarusian documentary filmmaking Victor Aslyuk. The protagonist of the film is Aleksei Klyunya, a descendant of Stalinist exiles from Belarus and the sole inhabitant of an island on Lake Ladoga. He often talks to himself and to his only friend, a horse called Almaz. The two have spent a lot of time together and now Aleksei hopes to be the first one to die, so that Almaz can wheel his coffin to the graveyard.

5 October – “Crossroads”

(2014; directed by Anastasia Miroshnichenko; screened in Russian with English subtitles)

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Anastasia Miroshnichenko’s “Crossroads” tells a story of a homeless artist from Gomel Valeriy Lyashkevich, who has been taking shelter at the Gomel railway station for more than 20 years and painting pictures on the city’s streets. During these years he has become a local attraction, which, however, has not affected his fate very much. What would the documentary film shooting bring into his life?…

6 October – “Dudar”

(2014; directed by Yuri Timofeev; screened in Belarusian)

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“Dudar” by Yuriy Timofeev is a short film about Fiodr Muravejko, one of the last Belarusian artisans manufacturing unique shepherd pipes. The movie discusses the topic of the loss of the traditional rural heritage. The auteur approach turns a topic which is rather common for Belarusian documentary filmmaking into a true piece of art.

7 October – “The Norvilishki Frontier”

(2014; directed by Dmitry Mahomet; screened in Belarusian)

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“The Norvilishki Frontier” by Dmitry Mahomet tells a story of Belarusians from a borderline village Norvilishki. The locals cannot get used to the EU frontier that had separated them from their relatives and friends, from their past. The static shots and the long slow panorama takes stress the despair of the fellow countrymen, forgotten on the other side of the border.

8 October – “Not Alone”

(2014; directed by Olga Dashuk; screened in Belarusian)

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“Not Alone” by Olga Dashuk has been recognized as one of the best television films in Europe in 2014 (according to “Prix Europe”). It is a story about a self-educated artist Victor Zalatylin. Art takes all of his free time. He works a lot, because he does not have much time left…

9 October – “Easter”

(2015; directed by Daria Yurkevich; screened in Russian with English subtitles)

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The black-white documentary “Easter”, directed by Daria Yurkevich, a graduate of the French national studio of contemporary art Le Fresnoy, explores the role of spiritual values in the life of a modern citizen.

10 October – “Guests”

(2015; directed by Andrei Kutilo; screened in Belarusian and Russian with English subtitles)

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Andrei Kutilo’s film “Guests” is the winner of the national competition at the Listapad-2015 film festival. The film protagonist Aleksey Shchedrov is a person with a rather difficult biography. After being released from prison he has turned to faith and set up an unusual shelter, where he takes in sick people and looks after the poor and lonely.

To WATCH a movie follow this LINK. Click on “СМОТРЕТЬ ОНЛАЙН” button to start watching.

BELARUSDOCS is aimed at popularizing Belarusian non-fiction cinema with the national and international audience, establishing a dialogue between filmmakers and film viewers, and promoting consolidation of the Belarusian filmmakers’ community.

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