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  • Performance artist Alexander Pushkin pushes the limits of creative dissent in a dictatorship.

    Performance artist Alexander Pushkin pushes the limits of creative dissent in a dictatorship.

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  • Alexander Pushkin performs "Glory of the Soldiers of Independence" in 2003.

    Alexander Pushkin performs "Glory of the Soldiers of Independence" in 2003.

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  • The bonfire at Kupala Night.

    The bonfire at Kupala Night.

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  • Alexander Pushkin at the National Museum in Minsk.

    Alexander Pushkin at the National Museum in Minsk.

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  • Alexander Pushkin’s ”A Wheelbarrow of Dung for President Lukashenko” 1999.

    Alexander Pushkin’s ”A Wheelbarrow of Dung for President Lukashenko” 1999.

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  • Alexander Pushkin at Kupala Night.

    Alexander Pushkin at Kupala Night.

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  • A sunset over Bobr.

    A sunset over Bobr.

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  • Alexander Pushkin performs "Glory of the Soldiers of Independence" in 2003.

    Alexander Pushkin performs "Glory of the Soldiers of Independence" in 2003.

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The Film

Belarus has been called "Europe's last dictatorship." Since 1994, Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the ex-Soviet republic with a despotic hand, jailing the opposition, shutting down the press, and refusing to investigate the assassinations of dissidents. He has virtually silenced his critics — but not one lone performance artist who stages public stunts mocking the dictator's pretensions. Belarusian Waltz is the story of Alexander Pushkin, whose audacious, comical exploits find him facing the hostility of the police and the consternation of his family. An offbeat tale of post-modern street theater meeting 1930s-style authoritarianism, the film offers a surprising window into the soul of the Belarusian people.

The Filmmakers

  1. Andrjez FidykDirector
  2. Torstein GrudeProducer