Move East Movie – Perekrestok
Perekrestok - dir Anastasiya Miroshnichenko, Belarus 2014, 65 mins.
Valery Liashkevich is a homeless artist who has been living in the railway station and painting pictures in the streets of the Belarus city of Homel for over 20 years. For the locals, he is a bit of a curiosity but the filmmakers argue that this eccentric artist and philosophers have many lessons to teach us about the meaning of life. His activities and worldview have a deeper meaning. Two large exhibitions of his work, including one at the National Art Museum in Minsk, have been very successful and drew the attention of art critics. This documentary has been privately funded in order to support a very talented artist.
When: 7 July 2017
Where: former Andersen Theatre, Dominikańska 1
DOCUMENTARY FILMS ABOUT BELARUS
Even though Belarus is a neighbour, it is very little known or understood. The further to the west we move, the more this knowledge is fragmented and encumbered with stereotypes. That is why, in a Belarus-centred documentary film series, we will look at the country from several different perspectives. Our protagonists and guides around modern Belarus will be both young cultural creators who have not decided to emigrate and continue living in their homeland despite the hostility of the authorities, as well as representatives of the opposition many of whom work from abroad out of fear of being arrested. Finally, we will also meet the members of the Belarus Free Theatre The films are also the voices of the artists who use their art to fight with the system, trying to change their reality, believing in artistic means of expression and its impact on society.