Friends, we have received a letter of solidarity from our colleagues from Brussels, the BOZAR Fine Arts Center, and we hasten to share it with you. BOZAR annually organizes a festival week dedicated to post-Soviet cinema (Bridges. East of West Film Festival). In 2018, the festival had a focus on Ukrainian cinematography, in 2019 – on Georgian cinematography. This year the festival focused on independent Belarusian cinema. Young directors were invited, including Vlada Senkova (on the occasion of the premiere of the film “II”).
Dear colleagues, dear friends,
First and foremost, we hope you and your closest ones are safe and well and did not suffer from the police brutality of the past week.
We would like to express our sincere support and solidarity with Belarusian people in your fight for dignity and justice, for stable, democratic, independent and prosperous country! We were startled to learn about the loss of life and the abuse of human dignity and justice in Belarus in the aftermath of the presidential elections on August 9, 2020. We would like to join our voices to many calls to stop violence, release those arbitrarily detained and open dialogue with Belarusian society. We hope this tumultuous moment in Belarus history will open new pathways for envisioning a better future and building a more just society. Belarus is the geographic heart of Europe, and it is at the very center of our concern for a world free from injustice and violence.
At this difficult moment in your country’s history, we wish you strength and courage. We believe culture and art are essential for reconciling society and finding a way forward and we are inspired to see so many of you from the world of culture are shaping the conversation about the future of Belarus. We look forward to hearing from you and organising new encounters in Belgium and Belarus!
Paul Dujardin & BOZAR team