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Ada Gallery

Galeria Ady, Belarus, Germany, 2007, 53 min, Beta, Arts and Culture, Creative
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.
Director:
Uladzimir Kolas
Producer:
Mirosław Dembiński
Original idea:
Uladzimir Kolas
Screenplay:
Uladzimir Kolas
Director of photography:
Uladzimir Babaryka, Jury Plushchau
Editor:
Uladzimir Kolas
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Ales Tytsiuha
Languages:
Belorussian
Subtitles:
English
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Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival (official selection)
Human Rights Competition Award - International Film Festival Human Rights, Documentary Days (Kyjiv)
IDFA ( INternational Documentary Festival Amsterdam)
Trieste Film Festival
mediswavefestival (HU)
Media Festival in Lodz (Poland)
The "Golden Goddess" prize - Festival of Television Programs and Films "The Golden Tambourine" in Khanty-Mainsiysk (Russia)
Distinction at Bartoszki Film Festival in Tarnobrzeg (Poland) 2008 - Bartoszki Film Festival in Tarnobrzeg (Poland)
Festiwal Filmów Optymistycznych "Happy End" in Wroclaw (Poland)
International 1001 Documentary Film Festivalin Istambul (Turkey)
Grand Prix at VIII Creation Documentary International Festival in La Rochelle (France) 2008 - Creation Documentary International Festival in La Rochelle (France)
Prix Europa 2008 - Prix Europa in Berlin (Germany)

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