Symon, main character of the film
The film was directed by Andrei Kutsila and will be shown at the “Artdokfest” festival.
It will be held on 6-12 December in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg.
The 2017 documentary “King of the Hill” tells the story of the Belarusian videoblogger, a young farmer Symon. The deeply religious Orthodox believer, he is used to marvel Mother Nature and share his joy with the world.
For the last 5 years, Symon and his wife have been living in the village, raising two young sons and breeding sheep. It seemed that nothing could disturb this happy harmonious existence. However, local residents and the authorities did not like the independent behavior of the young couple. A series of complaints and even lawsuits followed, exhausting Symon, his video blog was filled with sarcasm regarding the romantic illusions about life in the countryside. Eventually, the farmer decided to take a desperate step — hold a hunger strike. He believes that this is the only way to be heard and to defend his rights in the fight against the Belarusian judicial system. The hunger strike is not only a public protest, but a test of fortitude, faith, and love.
The film “King of the Hill” was shown at the National Competition in the framework of the “Listapad” film festival.