In the course of the presidential elections in Belarus in the summer of 2020, three actors from an underground theatre in Minsk get caught up in the maelstrom of mass protests. They are drawn to the wide streets of Minsk to protest vociferously for freedom of speech and the long-awaited change of power. But the people‘s voice is brutally crushed by the regime‘s security apparatus. Members of the theatre group and many other people get arrested. The country is on the brink of civil war.
COURAGE accompanies the courageous and peaceful resistance of Maryna, Pavel and Denis before and during the protests. The filmtakes a very personal look at the events and thus provides a close and gripping insight into the lives of people in today‘s Belarus who are fighting for their freedom and the right to democracy.
Berlinale – 71 Berlin International Film Festival
Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, 2021
Millennium Docs Against Gravity, 2021. Перемога в двох номінаціях: Amnestry International Poland Award – Special Mention та TVP Dokument Award
Aliaksei Paluyan was born 1989 in Belarus. In 2012 he moved to Germany and studied film and television directing at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (Academy for the arts). He has become known to audiences as a director of fiction short films and documentaries that have been presented at festivals worldwide. COURAGE is his documentary film debut.
Lake of happiness (2019), Country of Women (2017)