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Dealing with the subject of “The Last Dictator of Europe”, the deprivation of human rights and oppression that forces people into exile, it is easy to label Dangerous Acts “important.” If for no other reason this is because films such as Madeleine Sackler’s documentary are holding a fundamentally important discussion and reflection of our contemporary world. The question that needs to be answered however is whether the artistic merit is equal to the importance of the subject matter? Fortunately, Dangerous Acts is that “important” film, in consideration of both artistic merit and subject matter.
If cinema is torn between reality and fiction, then alongside the recent documentary Plot for Peace which told the until then untold story of the mysterious “Monsieur Jacques” who helped free Mandela and end apartheid in South Africa, Dangerous Acts is a further testament that compelling narratives lie in the fabric of the reality of the everyday. »
- Paul Risker
★★★★☆In Dangerous Acts (2013), Madeleine Sackler documents a year in the life of the Belarus Free Theatre (Bft), an acclaimed theatrical troupe forced to work underground in their native country. President Lukashenko, often dubbed Europe's last remaining dictator, has ruled Belarus with an iron fist for the past twenty years. Free expression is suppressed and dissidents are frequently harassed or even imprisoned. As all the theatres are state-owned, the Bft has, since its founding back in 2005, put on a series of secret performances that explore issues deemed sensitive by the state. As well as politics, these pieces have explored alcoholism, sexual orientation and suicide.
- CineVue UK
Ahead of the UK theatrical release of Madeleine Sackler’s Dangerous Acts, HeyUGuys caught up with the talented filmmaker to discuss her latest documentary about the Free Theatre’s attempts to express themselves under a totalitarian regime and their subsequent exile.
Madeleine shared with us her journey in getting this film made, confronting the opening and closing challenges of documentary filmmaking, art as a means to counter repression and the human need to be true to oneself as well as the unexpected evolution of Dangerous Acts.
Why a career in documentary filmmaking? Was there that one inspirational moment?
This is my third documentary, and I started off as an editor working in film, television and commercials. I’d always wanted to make a film but I was waiting for the right moment as well as the right story. I was most excited by stories that were narrative based, and I »
- Paul Risker
Director: Madeleine Sackler.
Running Time: 76 minutes.
Synopsis: Interviews and smuggled footage tell the story of the Belarus Free Theatre, a group of actors struggling to have their voices heard in the midst of Europe’s last dictatorship.
December 19, 2010 and it’s election day in Minsk, the largest city and capital of Belarus. But you see, this is a very special event, because Belarus has the chance to free itself from sixteen years of oppression. The outcome could see the whole country’s political landscape changing forever, and for the better.
Of course, we have the benefit of hindsight. Amidst accusations of a rigged election, Alexander Lukashenko retained his presidency and stranglehold on the country. Madeleine Sackler’s compelling documentary, Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus picks up the aftermath, exploring life in the ‘last dictatorship in Europe’ through the lens of resistance movement, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
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