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European Filmmakers Appeal to Support the People of Belarus

Danske Filminstruktører støtter op om denne støtteerklæring til det hviderussiske folk, som er skrevet på vegne af en række europæiske filmskabere og disses organisationer:

18 Aug 2020

Belarus’s peaceful demonstrations in defense of free, unadulterated elections are being bloodily suppressed by the authorities. People are getting killed, and thousands are being arrested, repressed, and imprisoned. Amongst them are our colleagues, including filmmakers and journalists, who are bravely documenting these dramatic events.

We, European filmmakers, demand from the Belarusian authorities to immediately cease the violence, to respect the freedom of choice of the Belarusian people, and to release at once all detainees.

We demand to fulfil the wishes of the Belarusian people: the release of all political prisoners; the resignation of president Lukashenka, and the holding of free and fair elections.

We demand from all European authorities and governments to take decisive action to persuade the Belarusian authorities to implement the above measures and to support the Belarusian people fighting for human rights.

On the fortieth anniversary of the foundation of the Polish Solidarity movement, which changed the face of Europe and triggered the liberation of the Eastern Bloc from totalitarian regimes, we call on Europe to show solidarity with Belarusians.


  • Accademia del Cinema Italiano – Premi David di Donatello
  • Czech Film and Television Academy
  • DaKino Film Festival
  • Danish Film Directors
  • DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum
  • Directors’ Guild of Poland
  • European Film Academy
  • European Producers Club
  • FERA I Federation of European Film Directors
  • goEast – Festival des mittel- und osteuropäischen Films
  • Haifa International Film Festival
  • Icelandic Film- & TV Academy
  • Krakow Film Festival
  • Polish Film Academy
  • Polish Screenwriters’ Guild
  • SCANORAMA European Film Forum
  • ScripTeast Master Scriptwriters Training
  • Slovak Film and Television Academy
  • Sofia International Film Festival
  • Swiss Film Academy
  • The Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA)
  • Ukrainian Film Academy
  • Warsaw Film Festival