“Viva Belarus!”, a feature film from Polish director Krzysztof Lukaszewicz portraying the harsh life of nonconformist youth living under the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, premieres at Prague’s Febiofest on 19 March 2013. The film is loosely based on the experiences of Franak Viačorka, now a journalist with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), during his time as an army conscript and blogger using social media to push for democracy in Belarus.
See the trailer (in Belarusian with English subtitles)
Franak Viačorka, who co-wrote the screenplay, sat down with RFE/RL to discuss the film and the impact he hopes it will have.
RFE/RL: What did you set out to accomplish when you began writing the screenplay?
Franak Viačorka: First it was Lukaszewicz’s idea...