2017 marked the 23rd year of power of Aleksandr Lukashenko over Belarus. In those years, his opponents have been silenced, murdered, exiled, or imprisoned. Every few years he has staged elections that the international community has characterized as “unfree and unfair,” followed by police suppression of protester, quick trials, and lengthy prison sentences. Among the only voices reminding the world about the plight of those living under Europe's “Last Dictator” is the Belarus Free Theater, a critically acclaimed troupe consisting of actors still living in the country and their exiled founders.
Award-winning photographer Misha Friedman started following the theater as they traveled the world on sold-out tours and performed underground plays at home. In 2020 Friedman returned to Minsk to photograph what everyone expected to be yet another déjà vu election cycle. That August everything turned out differently.
Join us for a special viewing and discussion of Friedman’s work in Belarus from August 2020.