In this youth drama set in an anonymous Byelorussian industrial suburb, two alienated and lonely teens, Olga and Sergei fall in love then fantasize escaping their dead-end, full of teen alcoholism and meaningless violence surroundings. The two young lovers soon have to face the stark fact that their options are limited.
Director: Vladimir Kozlov, 60 min, Russian (w/Eng. subtitles), Belarus, 2010, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dreamlike short narrative shows schoolchildren on the verge of puberty playact, foreshadowing budding sexuality. Eroticism mixed with innocent, playful fantasy. Director: Maksym Bunitsky, 9 min, Ukrainian (w/Eng.subtitles), Ukraine
This visually stunning documentary depicts the daily hardscrabble existence of a group of coal miners and their supportive wives in one eastern Ukrainian mine. Several claustrophobia-inducing shots reveal to viewers the narrow shafts 300 feet below ground then pulls us up to sunlight via a rickety, antiquated pulley system. Director: Murat Mamedov, 22 min, Russian (w/Eng.subtitles), Ukraine, 2006, email@example.com
An experimental multi-media online project using text and stills which tells a personal story set within the city of Minsk, Belarus over 4 seasons. Screening the first season, Autumn. Director: Ilya Andreyev, 8 min, English text, Belarus, 2008, website
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