Chronicle of court time: a film about political prisoners in Belarus

The series of short films Chronicle of Court Time consists of eight stories dedicated to members of the Belarusian Association of Journalists who have suffered for their belief in freedom of speech. These individuals include the authors of various publications and sights like Ales Bialiatski, Dmitry Bondarenko, Sergey Voznyak, Andrey Pochobut, Natalya Radina, Pavel Severinets, Anton Suryapin, and Irina Khalip. Some of these authors are forced to work under a written pledge not to leave the country, some have left the country, and some are serving sentences in prison.

Oleg Dashkevich, the author of the project, explained that “Many authors worked on this project. Our goal was to move away from a dry, information-based interpretation of their fates. Instead, we tried to tell a short but specific story about each of them, to somehow make the format more artistic and metaphorical, because these are courageous and interesting people who deserve a full length film.”

Another important goal of the project was solidarity. As Dashkevich explained, “I think that the issue of solidarity is the most important issue in our society. And by that I mean solidarity not just before the constant threat of pressure and repression, but also internal solidarity amongst ourselves. We made a film about different people who hold different beliefs and convictions, but who all chose freedom.”

See this film in Russian with English subtitles

This project was completed with informational support from the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, which was shuttered by the Belarusian authorities.

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