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Obyknovennyy prezident (1996)

A political satire which exposes the shape of totalitarianism in the presidency of Alexander Lukaschenka, admirer of Hitler.
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A political satire which exposes the shape of totalitarianism in the presidency of Alexander Lukaschenka, admirer of Hitler.

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satire | totalitarianism | belarus | See All (3) »

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29 July 2005 (Poland)  »

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An Ordinary President  »

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Director Chashchevatsky was severely beaten after his movie aired on French television in late 1997. See more »

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A sharp documentary about the misfortunate fate of democracy in Belarus
5 March 1999 | by (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

A sharp documentary about the misfortunate fate of democracy in Belarus, An Ordinary President, is a superb documentary movie about the disastrous political situation in this Eastern European country. It takes step-by-step approach to explain how Aliaksandar Lukashenka, the country's first ever president, cunningly won the free elections in 1994 and then abducted aboslute power to become a new dictator for its people and a puppet in the hands of Russian politicians.

The movie is ironic and sometimes even funny. But for Belarusians this kind of laughter is a very bitter one: yet one more time they failed to build a national state. And the mentality of people again was the crucial factor.

In the summer of 1998 the movie was presented on the Capitol Hill to a large audience of senators and other politicians by the director himself, Mr.Khaschevatski.

The movie is a must-see for all those interested in Eastern European political situation. It is truly an eye-opener.


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