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Amerykanka. All included

Direction
Year
2013
Country
  • Belarus
Duration
52min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

The “Amerykanka” is the headquarters and notorious torture centre of the KGB in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, the last dictatorship in Europe. Immediately following a protest against the results of the presidential elections of 19 December, 2010, a number of opposition members were arrested, among them Alyaksandr Fyaduta. He was detained at the “Amerykanka” over a period of three months, 50 days of which he spent in solitary confinement. During that time he wrote “American Poems”, the book on which this courageous and formally unusual film by Viktar Korzun is based. It revolves around Alyaksandr Fyaduta: his arrest, interrogations, humiliations, life in prison, though he appears not in a traditional interview setting but as an active agent in front of and in animated prison scenery. The real live image of the “slightly overweight protagonist with glasses”, as Fyaduta self-deprecatingly describes himself, constantly changes into his animated alter ego and vice versa. The way this artistic device, born out of the lack of a real location, is realised reveals a strong taste for playfulness and creates a surprisingly ironic distance both to the events and the state of the country. And perhaps mockery is the only possible attitude left in the face of a government that arrests people, as recently happened, merely for clapping their hands silently and in public. Matthias Heeder, DOKLeipzig

Details

  • Original title
    Amerykanka. All included
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Alexander Fiaduta, Viktar Korzoun
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Natalia Shyrko, Eugene Zouty
  • Editing
    Victor Tumar
  • Sound
    Taras Senchuk
  • Duration
    52 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2013
  • Country
    • Belarus
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • DOKLeipzig 2014
  • Awards
    • DOKLeipzig 2014, Animadoc Award

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