Europe’s Last Dictator, a film by Mathew Charles and Juan Luis Passarelli, has been shown at the 2012 London Independent film Festival (LIFF). The Festival jury has pronounced it the winner in Best Documentary category, news web site charter’97 reports.
The film exposes torture, state-sponsored murder and kidnap inside the Belarus of President Aliaksandr Lukashenka.
From the perspective of Irina Bogdanova, the sister of ex-presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau, who had to spend a year and a half in prison, the documentary charts the violent crackdown on the country’s opposition following the rigged election of 2010.
Much of the documentary has been filmed undercover. It paints a picture of Lukashenka’s disturbed character and offers a rare glimpse inside one of the world’s most under-reported places.
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