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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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