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Exclusive: First look at Madeleine Sackler’s HBO doc “Dangerous Acts”

As the Human Rights Watch Film Festival gets under way in the UK, realscreen presents two exclusive clips from Madeleine Sackler's much-buzzed opening night film Dangerous Acts (pictured), which has been acquired by HBO.
March 21, 2014

As the Human Rights Watch Film Festival gets under way in the UK, realscreen presents two exclusive clips from Madeleine Sackler’s much-buzzed opening night film Dangerous Acts.

The 76-minute documentary, which carries the full title of Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, 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 film began its festival life at TIFF in Toronto and IDFA in Amsterdam last fall, picking up very strong reviews from trade press. Shortly after its world premiere in Toronto, the doc was acquired by HBO, which will premiere it on U.S. TV later this year.

Chicken & Egg pictures was an early supporter of the doc, and Dogwoof has picked up international rights for the film.

The film played at the Curzon Soho in London last night (March 21) as the opening film of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Other docs playing at the festival include The Square, Return to Homs, Big Men and Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars.

Check out the two clips from Dangerous Acts, exclusive to realscreen, below:

And check out the trailer for the film:

  • The Human Rights Watch Film Festival runs from March 18-28 in London.
About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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