• Documentary
  • 2021
  • 90 Minutes
  • Germany
  • Language: Belarusian and Russian

Maryna, Pavel and Denis belong to an underground theatre group in Minsk, Belarus. In the course of the 2020 presidential elections, they take part in the peaceful mass protests, together with thousands of people. They narrowly escape arrest and torture. What unites them is the hope for freedom of speech and democracy.

Director: Aliaksei Paluyan

Screenwriter: Aliaksei Paluyan

Production Company: Living Pictures Production

Premier Status: Asian premiere/ Regional premiere



2021: Berlin International Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Competition

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Aliaksei Paluyan

Producer: Jörn Möllenkamp

Editor: Behrooz Karamizade

Sound: Vensan Mazmanyan

DOP / Camera: Tanya Haurylchyk, Jesse Mazuch

Cast: Maryna Yakubovich, Pavel Haradnizky, Denis Tarasenka


Aliaksei Paluyan

Aliaksei Paluyan was born in 1989 in Belarus. In 2012 he moved to Germany and studied film and television directing at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (Academy for the arts). In 2019, his short fiction drama LAKE OF HAPPINESS, premiered in Clermont-Ferrand, won a numerous Awards at international festivals, was a candidate for European Short Film at the 33rd European Film Awards in 2020 and also longlisted for the Oscars 2021. COURAGE is his documentary film debut.

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