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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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