Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus will have its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and before it screens, it’s already been picked up by HBO Documentary Films. HBO acquired U.S. television rights to the film by Madeleine Sackler and is planning on airing it in 2014.
Commenting on HBO’s acquistion, producer/director Sackler said, “HBO is the perfect home for Dangerous Acts. After working on this film in secret for the last three years because of the censorship in Belarus, we are very excited to be sharing it with audiences on HBO.”
Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus highlights the powerful and innovative work of the award-winning Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) group. Founded in March 2005 by Natalia Kaliada, Vladimir Shcherban and acclaimed journalist Nicolai Khalezin – all of whom currently live in exile in London – BFT creates theater that challenges social and political issues in their home country of Belarus and the current regime of Alexander Lukashenko, often called the last dictatorship in Europe. An associate of the Young Vic Theatre in the UK, BFT has performed at venues around the world, including the Public Theater in the U.S., and has a wide range of international support from various individuals, including Sir Tom Stoppard and Jude Law, who are trustees of BFT.
Sixteen years after Lukashenko took power, the country’s citizens remain quietly choked by censorship and repression. Featuring smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus is an intimate look at a modern-day revolution, going behind the scenes as the artists create and perform their work, fighting for their art and safety.
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