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Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

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Madeleine Sackler

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About the Movie

Creating provocative theatre carries great personal risks: emotional, financial and artistic. For the members of the Belarus Free Theatre, there are additional risks: censorship, imprisonment, and worse. Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes with the acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers who, in a desolate country choked by censorship and repression, defy Europe’s last remaining dictatorship. When authorities forbid critical examinations of such topics as sexual orientation, alcoholism, suicide and politics, the Free Theatre responds by injecting these taboos into performances that are staged in underground. And yet, because of the power of their message, they receive critical acclaim overseas. Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus picks up the story in 2010 when the KGB is cracking down on dissenters, sixteen years after Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko takes power during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Now, as a dubious new presidential election looms, the KGB targets the Free Theatre's founders Nicolai Khalezin, Natalia Kaliada and Vladimir Shcherban, who, along with their colleagues, find themselves torn between fighting for their art and for their and their families’ safety.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Absurdist dramas staged with grace and ingenuity, these "dangerous acts" draw attention in eloquent and very affecting fashion to the plight of Lukashenko's victims. – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK), Mar 28, 2014

Fresh: It is startling to see how political opposition and outrage were being mobilised, not primarily by journalism, or social media or established forms of protest, but by theatre. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, Mar 27, 2014

Fresh: Dangerous Acts is a poignant picture of eastern Europe art at home and in exile. – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, Mar 27, 2014

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Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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