Kalinovski Square

  • Estonia
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Three months before elections the president of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko claimed: „You have no other choice, you will vote for me!“ This is exactly how it happened in March 2006. We started to film in January 2006, two months before elections, and continued through the whole year. We were trying to figure out how did it happen that 83% of population voted for Lukashenko? The film tracks the opposition struggle during few post-election days. Using a lot of archive material imprinted in the course of Lukashenko’s governing author draws a parallel between history and recent days. The movie shows the falsehood of the official propaganda and the ambiguous, sometimes polar, attitude of simple people. Assembling together all the debris of the opinions, comparing different historical events, jeering at dictator’s arrogance and manners, admiring courage and dedication of the young generation, the feature approaches the understanding of what is really going on in the center of Europe.

Authorities persecuted director Yury Khashchavatski already since his first movie on Lukashenko - „An Ordinary President“ (1996). They still watch him. All production was done underground.

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  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Vladimir Petrov, Sergey Gelbach
  • Editing
    Dmitri Pivovarov, Kaspar Kallas
  • Runtime
    73 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Estonia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • INPUT Lugano 2007
    • DOK.FEST Munich 2007
    • Baltic Sea Forum for Docs Riga 2007
    • Jihlava Int. Documentary Festival 2007
    • DOK Leipzig 2007
    • DOKMA Maribor 2007
    • IDFA Amsterdam 2007
    • Watch Docs Human Rights FF Warsaw 2007
    • Alpe Adria Cinema Trieste 2008 (Alpe Adria Cinema Award for Best Documentary ex-aequo with “Das Leben ist ein langer Tag”)
    • DocPoint Helsinki 2008
    • DocsBarcelona 2008
    • One World International FF Prague 2008
    • London Human Rights FF 2008
    • Volda Documentary FF 2008
    • Cronograf Documentary FF Chisinau 2008 (Ion Vatamanu Award “for love of truth and freedom”)
    • Silverdocs 2008
    • Bucharest FF 2008
    • Filmfest Weiterstadt 2008
    • DOCSDF Mexico City 2008
    • Festival of Liberties Brussels 2008
    • MOLODIST Kyiv IFF 2008
    • VERZIO Documentary FF Budapest 2008
    • Eastern Neighbours FF Utrecht 2008
    • Venice HRFF 2008
    • Ambulante Mexico 2009
    • One World Bucharest 2009
    • RiverRun IFF Winston-Salem 2009

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