Move East Movie – Under the Hood


Under the Hood - dir. Mark Byrne and Rob Dennis,  Ireland/ Lithuania/Belarus, 2013, 75 mins.

In Belarus, some fight for democracy, justice and civic rights, while others simply fight for survival. “Under the Hood” takes us on a journey around a country where the secret police are still known as KGB and public gatherings and doing nothing are considered a crime. After witnessing protests and secret meetings of the opposition in Minsk, we are transported to the village, to horse carriages and cultivated land, following, among others, the businessman Yuri, the village resident Ludmila, the leader of youth opposition movement Franak as well as the journalists Eduard and Victor. Their stories, in which normal life is constantly interrupted by bureaucracy and brutality, remind us how close yet how far is Belarus from the rest of Europe.

When: 9 July 2017 

Where: former Andersen Theatre, Dominikańska 1


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.