WHEN FLOWERS ARE NOT SILENT

POLISH TITLE: GDY KWIATY NIE MILCZĄ

Another rigging of the presidential election in Belarus in 2020 led to massive civil resistance which the country had never experienced before. Brutal suppression of the peaceful protests resulted in more massive marches. Yet, the peaceful protests, having lasted for several months, did not achieve Alexander Lukashenko’s resignation from the president’s post he’s been holding for 27 years. Instead, political repressions in Belarus increased dramatically and became the largest in the history of Europe since the 1970s. The documentary focuses on the lives of Belarusian families who try to continue living and carry on despite being traumatised. Looking at their lives, we can see the pain and hope, feel the fear and determination of these people.

GENRE:
documentary
COUNTRY:
Poland
RUNNING TIME:
72'
YEAR:
COLOUR:
colour / black and white
DIRECTING:
Andrei Kutsila
SCRIPT:
Andrei Kutsila
DOP:
Andrei Kutsila, Maciej Woźniak
EDITOR:
Andrei Kutsila, Paweł Klepacz
SOUND:
Bartosz Kavalski
PRODUCTION:
Belsat Tv, Beata Krasicka

Andrei Kutsila »

Film director, born in 1983. In 2007 he earned his degree in International Journalism from the Belarusian State University and two years later he graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Fine Arts in Minsk. Since then he has collaborated with various producers and TV stations as a freelance filmmaker and participated in many international education programmes (including IDFAcademy and Berlinale Talents). In 2018 he won the IDFA award in the Best Medium-Length Documentary Film category for "Summa". In 2019, he was awarded with the Silver Hobby-Horse for the best documentary film in the National Competition of the Krakow Film Festival. He is a winner of the "Gaude Polonia" scholarship granted by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the author of the following films: "Focal distance" (2008), "Kill the Day" (2010), "Fight For" (2011), "Enough! To Freedom ..." (2012), "Love in Belarus" (2014), "Guests"(2015), "Passing BY" (2016), "King of the Hill" (2017), "Summa" (2018), "Strip and War" (2019) and "I Need the Handshakes" (2020).
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