Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

All international rights enquiries

Get in touch at global@dogwoof.com

Festival Bookings

Please direct enquiries to global@dogwoof.com

All other bookings through



Creating provocative theatre 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.

The film picks up the story in 2010 when the KGB is cracking down on dissenters, sixteen years after Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko takes power during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Now, as a dubious new presidential election looms, the KGB targets the Free Theatre's founders Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada who, along with their colleagues, find themselves torn between fighting for their art and for their and their families’ safety.

Join the campaign - tell us your own #DangerousActs



Toronto International Film Festival - World Premiere

IDFA: Reflecting Images - European Premiere

London Human Rights Watch Film Festival - Opening Night

Movies that Matter - Winner of Movies that Matter Award



"Madeleine Sackler's engrossing documentary chronicles upheaval in 'the last dictatorship in Europe' through the viewpoint of an underground theater company."

Read more



"An admirable document of courage and resistance - not just by the Free Theater members but the film-makers too, who risked their safety in filming Lukashenko’s hired thugs and in smuggling footage out of Belarus."

Read more



"Forced to smuggle parts of the film out of Belarus, Sackler snags interviews that illuminate the plight of artists without a country who live cut off from family and culture, yet manage by hook or by crook to practice their craft."

Read more



"Vivid and vital."

Read more



Film information: