Mysterium Occupation aspires to create a new national myth
"The official Belarusian film industry is now in a coma. Neither random injections of tiny budget funds, nor the authorities' calls to shape some vague 'national ideology' in a movie can bring it back to life. The actual creative film-making is going on a long way from the state-owned Belarusfilm studio and the Ministry for Culture. Having lived under cultural occupation for ages, the country has bred a new generation of intellectual partisans. Mysterium Occupation, an Andrej Kudzinienka feature film, is the best sample of creative post-colonial thought. It is not on at the cinemas, nor can you get it from any video shop, although it has stirred a good deal of interest among Belarusian audiences and was a success at the Rotterdam festival. Saying good-bye to the old Soviet partisan mythology, Mysterium Occupation aspires to create a new national myth."
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