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“Viva Belarus!”, a feature film about the life of nonconformist youth in Belarus

“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...

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Film about Ales Bialiatski and “Viasna” activities transmitted on “BelSat” TV channel

The central characters of this documentary are the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, his wife Natallia Pinchuk and the teacher Natallia Ilyinich, who was dismissed from her job for political reasons, and whom the human rights defenders assisted in the protection of her rights.

Volha Shved, director: “The history of modern Belarus is a history of repression. Every momentous event – the election, the increase in prices, changes in legislation – ends with repression. The organisation of assistance to the repressed is a direct confrontation with the repressive authorities...

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Ales Bialiatski: “We are saving the honor of Belarus!”

The video tells about the activities of the imprisoned head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski and his prosecution by the Belarusian authorities. On 25 September the human rights defender met his 50th birthday behind bars. This day in Warsaw his wife, Natallia Pinchuk, was passed Human Rights Defenders Award for her husband on behalf of the Secretary of the US Department of State Hillary Clinton.

While passing the award the US Ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein stated that “Ales Bialiatski, who was one of the originators of the Belarusian democratic movement and a founder of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, remains one of the most courageous fighters for freedom and human rights”.


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Ales Bialiatski – imprisoned human rights defender in Belarus

Ales Bialiatski, head of the Belarusian human rights organisation Viasna, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison on tax evasion charges. In August 2011 he has been detained for a year and the pressure on him increases in prison. Ales has recently received three reprimands. His food rations and visiting hours are limited and the financial compensation for work performed in prison has been lowered.

In this short video report from Belarus, Ales’ wife and colleagues speak about their concern for how he and the other political prisoners are being treated.


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Ales Bialiatski: “They won’t gag human rights defenders in Belarus”

This video on the arrest and criminal prosecution of Ales Bialiatski, chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” which has provided assistance to thousands of victims of political repressions, has been realised by Ales colleagues on September 2011.

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“Ales Bialiatski’s Candle of Truth”

September 2011

Friends, colleagues and well-known public figures of Belarus are trying to determine the role and the place of the prominent human rights defender in our society and express their attitude towards his prosecution and imprisonment.

Human rights center “Viasna”

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Speech of Ales Bialiatski at the European Parliament on the human rights situation in Belarus, July 2011


Ales Bialiatski at the European Parliament on… par fidhdailymotion

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One month before the arrest…

Ales Bialiatski’s last testimonies before his arrest in which he expresses concern about the unprecedented level of repression by the Belarusian authorities on civil society since the presidential election in 2010.


BLR :: OBS :: Testimony of Ales Bialiatski… par Observatory_HRD

“My name is Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in Belarus. I am very concerned about the human rights situation and the unprecedented level of repression by the Belarusian authorities on civil society since December 19, 2010, the day of the presidential election. Representatives of civil society and activists and civic organisations have been subjected to exceptionally severe harassment...

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Video of search of Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” on January 2011

On January 17, 2011 a search was conducted of the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center Viasna.

Video in Russian

As was reported by the BelaPAN human rights defender Valentin Stefanovich, the initial attempts to enter the premises were made at approximately 15:30. But because the attempts were made by unknown plain-clothes individuals, the human rights defenders decided not to let them in. Later however, uniformed police officers arrived with a warrant to search the premises. At that point, the door was opened. According to Stefanovich, members of the Committee for Government Security (KGB) brought a warrant to search the premises in conjunction with a criminal case...

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FIDH 7-minute film Bitter Winter in Belarus

The FIDH 7-minute film Bitter Winter in Belarus denounces the violent repression exercised by the Belarus authorities against all the dissident voices that have protested against the rigging of the December 19, 2010 presidential elections.


Bitter winter in Belarus – FIDH par fidhdailymotion

Following the announcement of the election results, about 700 persons demonstrating peacefully in the centre of Minsk to denounce electoral fraud, were arrested and sent to prison, many of them were severely beaten. Among them were seven opposition candidates, along with political activists, independent journalists and human rights defenders...

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