Belarusian Independent Film Academy

A Belarusian Spirit

I admit when I first interviewed Aliaksei Paluyan about his film COURAGE I was a bit nervous for him. Our conversation happened after a plane was “diverted” to Minsk with a Belarusian dissident. Mr. Paluyan has a defiant spirit considering there is a nemesis only a few hours away with a long arm, thin skin with a thirst for pay back.

At the Berlinale the filmmaker introduced the new Belarusian Independent Film Academy with his fellow creative colleagues.