On March 12, a pre-premiere screening of the film ‘Kastus Kalinouski. The Last Days’ will be held in Minsk. The movie telling the story of the Belarusian national hero was filmed by Belarusians director Valery Mazynski at the order of Belsat TV.
Raman Padalyaka, an actor of the Yanka Kupala Theatre, starred in the role of Kastus Kalinouski, one of the leaders of the January uprising in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (present-day Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Latvia, parts of Ukraine, and western Russia) against the Russian Empire. It began on 22 January 1863 and lasted until the last insurgents were captured in 1864.
The director’s approach seems to be a little off the beaten track: in an attempt to understand who the revolutionary really was, a theatre group re-enacts the last days of Kalinouski, referring to the documents of the 19th century and his contemporaries’ evidence.
After the screening, each attendant will stand an opportunity to ask questions to the director and actors and get autographs. Then the filmmakers will take part in discussing whether the Belarusians are still capable of anything for the sake of their Motherland at the present day.
“Kalinouski could have saved his life abroad, as many other people did, but he chose not to do it. His priority was a moral responsibility to his fellow rebels who were shot down, hanged, sent into exile to Siberia … That self-sacrifice in the name of the idea badged with the blood of his comrades, deprived him of the the right to escape. The Belarusian opposition should remember this,” Valery Mazynski stresses.
The event is to take place in Minsk bookstore ‘Galiyafy’ (Staravilenskaya Street, 6) on Saturday, March 12 at 18:30. It is open to the public.