This autumn we will present a special film screening around the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in Groningen, Leiden, Maastricht and Middelburg, in collaboration with the European Parliament. The screenings can be attended free of charge and are accompanied by variety of side programmes.
The screening will take place on Wednesday 8 December at 15:15 in the Kijkhuis.
Lecture by Tasha Arlova
Before the screening you are welcome to attend the interactive lecture by Belarusian artist and activist Tasha Arlova at 14:15. This lecture takes a closer look at recent developments in Belarus and how we can deal with this situation. Do you want to attend this? Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Every year the European Parliament announces the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to individuals and organizations fighting for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Last year the prize was awarded to the democratic opposition in Belarus, a country that has been in political crisis since the contested results of last summer’s presidential elections. Large-scale protests followed which were met with brute force by the authorities. The democratic opposition is represented by the Coordination Council, an initiative of political activists and members of civil society, among others, in which women play a striking role.
Film: Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus
Elections were held in Belarus at the end of 2010. This documentary by Madeleine Sackler is a portrait of the underground theater company Belarus Free Theatre, filmed before, during and after the disputed elections won by Alexander Lukashenko. Some of the actors are still in exile, but others continue to make underground theater in Belarus, in the hope that someday things will change.
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Language of the programme: English