Ada Raichonak and her husband Aleh are an aged couple of farmers. Most of their neighbors are still forced to work in kolkhoz. But the life of farmers in Belarus is not much easier. Working hard at the farm, Ada founded an art gallery in her village and organizes summer art workshops for painters who come from all over the country. The film will tell about collisions between the artists who hate authoritarian regime which makes Belarus the "last dictatorship in Europe", the peasants who are influenced by populist propaganda of the authorities and Ada who tries to reconcile all of them with the help of the 'magic power of art…' The village of Germanovichy is situated in a very beautiful place, but it seems that the atmosphere there is saturated with spite, aggression and despair. Like in 19 th century the people live mostly in old wooden houses without running water. They use horses for transportation and for cultivation their small pieces of land. There is no private property for land and people are forced to work in kolkhozes. Those who are trying to organize the farmer business are treated badly by the authorities. The life of both farmers and kolkhoz workers is very hard. More and more people die of alcoholism. But there are people who don’t give up. Our film will tell about Ada Rajchonak, the wife of farmer Aleg, who is trying, in defiance of the authorities, to show the beauty of Art to her neighbors, to tell them about the history of their land, to organize them to vote for democratic changes during the elections.
The documentary presents young rock music bands who are in opposition with Lukaszenka’s regime. They express their attitude to surrounding reality trough their music, cloths, behavior. The main character, a 20 year-old girl and rock singer. If she lived in Berlin her name would be Petra. If in Paris, Claire, but unfortunately she’s from Minsk and her name is Svieta. She sings: There is no way to work, there is no way to learn Death is not allowed, birth is not allowed But enough of this, it’s time to wake up Svieta is very passionate, believing that Byelorussia will one day be free. Lavon Volski is more sceptical. He is ten years older than Svieta and leader of the most popular rock band in Byelorussia called NRM, (Independent Republic of Dreams). He describes his country: Byelorussia is a great country. The cities are clean and Lukashenko is no slouch. These are the two basic arguments but how long one can rely on them Byelorussia is perfect for those who lack initiative and talent. One goes to work but does not like working The people who take part in the rock music movement are like a little spark. This is very important because from a little spark a great fire, the fire of freedom can begin.
Losers and Winners
The main idea of "Losers and winners" is to observe preparation of the teams of homeless people from Poland, Russia, USA, South Africa in their country and at the final of Homeless Streetsoccer World Championship in Graz (Austria). This is brilliant occasion to see them not only as football players, but also as real people with their very dramatic life experience.
Dwarfs Go to Ukraine
When the "Orange Revolution" began in the Ukraine, the Polish dwarfs took it upon themselves to support it. The movement began in Warsaw with the collecting of support statements on a 200-meter long orange banner which was later hung from the thirtieth floor of the Palace of Culture. The heads of the two candidates: Yushchenko and Yanukovich, were carved from chocolate. The Ukrainian star named Ruslana had began to make an orange scarf which was continued during the nights by the dwarfs. A week before tha last round of the elections, an orange bus left Warsaw heading towards Kiev.
Janusz Orlowski is a 79-year-old man full of energy. There wouldn`t be anything special about it, except that he is is also a paraglider. His enviroment is very much varied, but young people predominate. The frail, old man doesn`t fit among them, but they have accepted him. Flying is Janusz`s passion. When he`s in the air nothing matters, he`s just happy.
A Lesson of Belorussian
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Belorussia became an independent country and general Lyceum was founded in Minsk with the aim of raising an elite Belorussian intelligents. However, in 1995, Lukashenko came to power. Democracy and freedom came to an end. Also the Lyceum was labelled a banned institution. The Lyceum pupils did not give up and steadfastly kept on studying in the underground. The presidential elections, for which Lukashenko changed the Constitution in order to be elected for the third term, became the culminating point of the film. Despite the fear of repression, thousands of people entered the streets. In the main square of Minsk, the Lyceum pupils joined forces to build a independent city and they were brutally pacified by military. Hundreds of people ended up in prison. However, the Lyceum pupils deeply believe that Belorussia will be a free country one day.
Such Was Our Youth
This a psychological documentary. The film tells the stories about the children who were taken to the concentration camp in Gross Rosen during the Second World War.
Crisis in Paradise
Martin van Den Broek was Philips manager in Belarus in early 1990-ies, just after Perestroika. He met a group of young artists there who became his friends. Later they had to move to Western Europe. Martin organized the meeting with his friends in Holland to talk about art, history and issues connected with Belarus which are still current.
Vice-mayor of Gdansk Maciej Lisicki found his first postcard with a view of pre-revolutionary Minsk among endless antiquarian stands of the famous Dominican Fair. Mr. Lisicki’s grandfather was a switch-man at the Minsk railway and was executed in times of Stalin repressions. His father in 1945, immediately after the war, risking his life crossed the Soviet border and got to Gdansk. Still the links between Minsk and Gdansk had existed much earlier. Here Mr. Lisicki shows, for example, a postcard which was sent from Minsk to Gdansk as early as 1909 and thus is a symbol linking two dear to his heart cities. Gdansk occupies an equal place in Mr. Lisicki’s heart. He donated to the History Museum of Gdansk a French newspaper with the Should the French die for Gdansk? Today this question sounds like a bitter recollection for those, who are trying to live for themselves, ignoring someone else's problems in different parts of European continent. And Mr. Lisicki cannot feel indifferent about the fact that the regime, which is called “Last dictatorship of Europe”, still reigns in Minsk. Thanks to his efforts for seven years Gdansk is giving shelter to the teachers and students of Humanities Lyceum from Minsk, which had been closed by Belarusian authorities for the democratic standards of its educational approach.