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Time Time69 mins
LanguageBelarusian, Russian
Warning Strong language
Mayskaya Street
Майская улица

Shot in the winter of 2015, on the eve of yet another disputed electoral victory for President Alexander Lukashenko, Mayskaya Street follows the small-town trials and tribulations of Kostia, recently turned 18 and preparing to vote for the first time. In this intimate portrait of family life on the breadline, Swiss director Gabriel Tejedor gives voice to several generations of rural Belarusians as they ponder the past and future of their beloved but troubled nation. The mass protests that erupted against Lukashenko’s regime in 2020 cast Tejedor’s evocative film in a freshly urgent light.

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steve pinhorn
steve pinhorn
I was confused by this film...often beautifully shot exploring some endearing people but were they really on the breadline? It was hard to tell. The village seemed somewhat idyllic and yes state controlled but I didn't feel anyone was starving or struggling more than say many people in the West? There seemed to be constraints but not so much that revealed any real hardship? Was that the point? Food didn't seem to be scarce and most people seemed happy? Of course Lukoshenko has dominated power and that's not good for democracy...but living under Johnson's government is no alternative either. It raises one major question what is freedom? This doesn't really explain.
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