HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. television rights for feature doc Dangerous Acts starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (pictured), ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sunday (September 8).
The film, from director-producer Madeleine Sackler, highlights the work of the Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) group, which creates theater that challenges social and political issues in their home country of Belarus. The BFT was founded in March 2005 by Natalia Kaliada, Vladimir Shcherban and Nicolai Khalezin, all three of whom currently live in exile in England.
The U.S. pay-TV network will broadcast the doc in 2014. “HBO is the perfect home for Dangerous Acts,” said Sackler. “After working on this film in secret for the last three years because of the censorship in Belarus, we are very excited to be sharing it with audiences on HBO.”
The film, which until recently went by the title of Unstable Elements, is exec produced by Andrea Meditch (Man on Wire) and edited by Anne Barliant and Leigh Johnson. Josh Braun of Submarine negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.