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Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus
 
Documentary
76 minutes
2013
Director(s): Madeleine Sackler
USA
Fri 6:20 pm Varsity 2
Sat 09:50 am Varsity 2
Sun 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
US Premiere

Creating provocative theater carries great personal risks: emotional, financial and artistic. For the members of the Belarus Free Theatre, there are additional risks: censorship, imprisonment, and worse. Dangerous Acts goes behind the scenes with this internationally acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers who, in a desolate country choked by censorship and repression, defy Europe’s last remaining dictatorship.
 
Smuggled film footage and uncensored interviews give audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets. As a dubious new presidential election looms in Belarus, the KGB targets the members of the Belarus Free Theatre, threatening them and their families. Torn between facing repression at home or going into exile abroad, these brave performers demonstrate how the power of art and hope can change the world. [subtitles]
Playing with ...
 
Short Documentary
9 minutes
2012
Director(s): Yuval Hameiri & Michal Vaknin
Israel
Fri 6:20 pm Varsity 2
Sat 09:50 am Varsity 2
Sun 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
A husband films his dying wife’s last day, but accidently loses the footage. This poignant documentary captures the desperate efforts to recreate the precious missing film sequence using simple household objects, and delivers a uniquely crafted depiction of the importance of memory in the depths of one’s grief. [subtitles]
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