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Studio 180 and Bloor Hot Docs Cinema co-present DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS, on February 16 @6:30PM

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of BelarusStudio 180 is pleased to be working with the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema as a co-presenter of Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements of Belarus, a provocative and engaging documentary that examines the perils and the necessity of theatre that critically examines pressing social issues in the face of political oppression.

@ 6:30PM

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor St. W. @ Bathurst, Toronto

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The film, which follows the exploits of the Belarus Free Theatre, is the inaugural screening in the Bloor’s Films Changing the World series. Described as a program of “must-see docs exploring new issues and transforming the way we see the world,” the series seeks to highlight vital, critical work deserving of the widest possible audience.

Here’s how our friends at the Bloor describe Dangerous Acts…:

“Creating provocative theatre carries great personal risks: emotional, financial and artistic. For the members of the Belarus Free Theatre, there are additional risks: censorship, imprisonment, and worse. Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind-the-scenes with the acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers who defy Europe’s last remaining dictatorship. When authorities forbid critical examinations of such topics as sexual orientation, alcoholism, suicide and politics, the Free Theatre responds by injecting these taboos into performances staged underground. As a dubious presidential election looms, the KGB targets the Free Theatre’s founders. Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, Dangerous Acts gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds on the stage and in the streets. Dangerous Acts reconfirms our belief that the power of art and hope can indeed change the world.”

We strongly believe in the capacity of live theatre to engage audiences in challenging topics and to serve as a springboard for stimulating conversation, and we hope you’ll join us for this all too rare cinematic exploration of that notion.

For more information on the film, screening details and to purchase tickets, visit the Bloor Hot Docs website.

Run Time: 76 minutes
Director: Madeline Sackler
Country: UK, USA, Belarus
Released: 2013
Rating: 14A
Distributed by: KinoSmith Inc.