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.

In the course of the presidential elections in Belarus in the summer of 2020, three actors from an under- ground theatre in Minsk get caught up in the maelstrom of mass protests. They are drawn to the wide streets of Minsk to protest vociferously for freedom of speech and the long-awaited change of power. But the people's voice is brutally crushed by the regime's security apparatus. Members of the theatre group and many other people get arrested. The country is on the brink of civil war. COURAGE accompanies the courageous and peaceful resistance of Maryna, Pavel and Denis before and during the protests. The film takes a very personal look at the events and thus provides a close and gripping insight into the lives of people in today's Belarus who are fighting for their freedom and the right to democracy.

COURAGE | Official Trailer

"Powerful Doc Captures Spirit of Popular Uprising in Belarus"

- Variety
"A portrait of a country at the crossroads,
one that is likely to resonate with audiences worldwide"
- Screen International
"Драма без конца и края глазами очевидца"
- Искусство кино
"Atemberaubender Dokumentarfilm...Menschen, die so mutig sind,
dass es einem den Atem verschlägt"
- 3Sat Kulturzeit

Written and directed by Aliaksei Paluyan
Producer Jörn Möllenkamp
Director of Photography Tanya Haurylchyk, Jesse Mazuch
Editing Behrooz Karamizade
Sound Design Vensan Mazmanyan
Original Sound Artyom Busel, Alexei Busel
Grading Edmond Laccon
Production Manager Nikolai Lavreniuk

Maryna Yakubovich
Pavel Haradnizky
Denis Tarasenka


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