Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

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Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, Dangerous Acts gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets. As the members of the Belarus Free Theatre confront the choice of either repression at home or exile in the U.S. and the U.K., Dangerous Acts reconfirms our belief that the power of art and hope can indeed change the world.



About the Director

Madeleine Sackler looks directly at the camera and smiles. She hears long earrings.Madeleine Sackler is an N.Y.C. based director and producer. She recently premiered Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, her third feature documentary, at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by HBO. Her first documentary, The Lottery, sparked a renewed debate on the future of public education and was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards. Duke 91&92: Back to Back, her second film (co-produced with Turner Sports), gave viewers an inside look into one of the most storied basketball programs in history. Madeleine is also the co-founder of Osmosis Films, a media company dedicated to producing interactive, long form content.



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The film enjoyed its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and shortly thereafter it was announced that HBO had acquired U.S. rights. Internationally, Dangerous Acts was acquired by Dogwoof Global, which has helped oversee its subsequent festival release and U.K. theatrical release. It was the Opening Night Film for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London. It won the Best Film Award at the International One World Festival, the A Matter of Act award at the Movies that Matter Festival, the Best Documentary Award at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and Second Prize at the TRT Documentary Awards. To name a few of its other festival appearances, Dangerous Acts has enjoyed screenings at IDFA, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, the Montclair Film Festival, the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival.