Every year the European Union 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. In 2020, 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. We will screen the documentary Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus about the situation in Belarus.
Journalist Franka Hummels will introduce the film.
This screening is free of charge and is funded with the help of the European Union. Movies that Matter is entirely responsible for the content of the programme.
Franka Hummels (1978) is a historian and freelance journalist for radio and print.In 2011 she published ‘De Generatorgeneratie, leven na Tsjernobyl’, about the generation growing up in Belarus in the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear disaster. In her student years, Franka was part of the team that made the documentary ‘Ne Tarmazi’ (2003) about youth organisations in Belarus. Franka has a strong focus on Belarus and often appears in media as an expert on the region.