A Lesson of Belarusian (New York Premiere)
Saturday, 23 June 2007
Miroslaw Dembinski, Poland/Belarus, 2006, 51m, video, doc.
In Polish and Belarusian with English subtitles.
A Lesson of Belarusian is about young activists who never give up believing that Belarus will one day be free.
A Lesson of Belarusian is about young activists who never give up believing that Belarus will one day be free. Franek Viacorka studies at an elite school established by his father to promote the Belarusian language. However, the school has been banned and operating underground since 2003, a victim of the anti-democratic rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. Franek and his classmates are both passionate and thoughtful, expressing their critical attitude to the government by issuing an underground newspaper, recording music with activist lyrics, and organizing an opposition concert. Despite the imprisonment of Franek’s father and the constant threat of their own arrest, they are undeterred. In the March 2006 presidential election, they support the democratic opposition candidate in a mass demonstration in Minsk’s main square. While the candidate is powerless to combat Lukashenko’s corruption and use of riot police, Franek and his classmates realize that fearlessness is a victory in itself.
Sat June 23: 1:30
Mon June 25: 4
Tues June 26: 6:30
Thurs June 28: 1:30
Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
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