The both films – ‘Love in Belarus’ and ‘Volunteers’ – are dovoted to the struggle of young Belarusians: the first movie tells us the story of a young couple, Nasta Palazhanka and Zmitser Dashkevich, who made a stand against the repressive system in the country; the other features Belarusian volunteer fighters who help Ukrainians defeat pro-Russian militants in Donbas. The film show is being organised by initiative ‘Free Belarus, Belsat TV in Warsaw-based cafe ‘Państwo Miasto’ on September, 30 at 19:00.
The main characters of ‘Love in Belarus’ and the director of ‘Volunteers’ are expected to meet with the audience after the show.
Through binoculars they see the ruins of Donetsk Airport. When Russian-backed militants destroyed it and Ukraine’s troops were forced to leave the ruins – they became the first line of defense between Ukraine and the pro-Russian People’s Republic of Donetsk. Separatists fear and hate them. These people do not belong to the official arms forces, they are not paid, the state does not arm them up. During the first attacks they had only knives. The fighters are united by the struggle for a free Ukraine.
The film features Ukrainian volunteer soldiers from the corps Right Sector: all very different people, mostly Russian-speaking and far removed from politics, some of whom are Belarusians. For a month the author of the film worked under fire on the front lines to show the defenders of the village Pisky near Donetsk Airport.
20 months of work, hundreds of letters and the fate of a young couple. The film describes the ultradramatic love story of Zmitser Dashkevich and Nasta Palazhanka, members of Belarusian youth organisation Young Front. In front of the cameras they read their letters — while serving their terms the youngsters sent more than a thousand letters to each other. After the 2010 post-election protests Zmitser and Nasta were thrown into jails. Zmitser was sentenced to two years of imprisonment; having spent a year in the KGB prison, Nasta received a suspended sentence.
They got married when Zmitser was serving his term. Nasta changed her surname of Palazhanka to Dashkevich. In August 2013, the opposition activist was released from prison.