Mara

  • 59'
  • France
  • 2022

In 2020 the city of Minsk, Belarus, overflows with massive anti-government protests. People take to the streets to defend their dream and object to the state of anxiety they have been living in for years. Swinging back and forth between fear and fearlessness, they look for the solidarity of the police, who have been deployed onto the streets to put an end to this same dream and mute their voices.

In this new hybrid documentary and video essay, director Sasha Kulak juxtaposes documentary footage with performative elements. She introduces a dreamy figure – Mara – who takes us on a journey among the protesting crowds. Mara’s symbolic presence contrasts with the harsh reality of the street. There is a determination to Mara, but also a fragility – as if her persona reflects the collective mental state of the protesters witnessing their dream turn into a nightmare.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Sasha Kulak
Countries of production
France, United Kingdom
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
59'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Russian, Belarusian
Producers
Louis Beaudemont, Ksenia Gorenstein
Production Company
Les Steppes Productions
Sales
Les Steppes Productions
Screenplay
Serisu
Cinematography
Sasha Kulak
Editor
Sasha Kulak
Production Design
Dymna Vyderka
Sound Design
Paata Godziashvili
Music
Pavel Bocharov
Cast
Rai Man o to