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Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, Dangerous Acts gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets. 


Creating provocative theater 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, in a desolate country choked by censorship and repression, 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 that are staged underground. And yet, because of the power of their message, they receive critical acclaim overseas.

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus picks up the story in 2010 when the KGB is cracking down on dissenters, sixteen years after Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko took power during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Now, as a dubious new presidential election looms, the KGB targets members of the Free Theatre who find themselves torn between fighting for their art and for their own safety.

Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, Dangerous Acts gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets. As the members of the Free Theatre confront the choice of either repression at home or exile in the US and the UK, Dangerous Acts reconfirms our belief that the power of art and hope can indeed change the world.

Reviews (12)

  • "A stirring, moving documentary" 4The Observer
  • "Rousing, urgent viewing" 4Time Out
  • "Vivid and vital" 4Total Film
  • "Documents the trials and travails of the actors of Belarus’s Free Theatre " 4The Times
  • "Recommended viewing, especially given recent events in Ukraine" 4The Evening Standard
  • "A timeless piece of documentary filmmaking " 4Hey u Guys
  • "An absorbing documentary that shines a light on the courage and talents of its subjects." 4Cine Vue
  • "A gripping story" 4Beige Magazine
  • "Intense and challenging" 4The Hollywood News
  • "Madeleine Sackler's engrossing documentary chronicles upheaval in 'the last dictatorship in Europe'" – Variety
  • "An admirable document of courage and resistance" – The Hollywood Reporter
  • "A "stinging" documentary full of "searing" images" – The New York Times


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Dangerous Acts now out on iTunes

July 18th, 2014

Dangerous Acts is now available on iTunes.

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Dangerous Acts opens in London

March 28th, 2014

This documentary on the Belarus Free Theatre is now in cinemas

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Dangerous Acts Premieres at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

March 21st, 2014

Our upcoming documentary is the opening night film at the festival.

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