Голоса. Где мой край

Voices. Where is my land

  • 50 min
  • Russian, Belarusian
In August 2020, people gathered on the steps of the Belarusian State Philharmonic in Minsk to protest against electoral fraud. They held a poster “They stole our voice from us” and could only oppose the violence with Belarusian songs sung together. The Belarusian security forces drove them off the steps, but soon the choir began to unexpectedly appear at protest marches, in shopping centers and the subway, inspiring people with songs about the dignity, courage, fate and faith of Belarusians. Thus, one of the symbols of the Belarusian resistance “Free Choir” was born. During actions and concerts, the singers observed security measures and hid their faces. Hoping to intimidate the activists, the police detained the alleged conductors and band members several times. But the "guerrilla" choir continued their brave flash mobs. This greatly angered the authorities, they began a real hunt for the "Free Choir". People were fired from their jobs and put in jail for a day. Avoiding persecution, many of the participants were forced to leave Belarus. The history of the birth and activities of the "Free Choir" will be told by the family of musicians Alexander and Sasha Serdyukov, former employees of the Belarusian State Philharmonic. Seeking asylum abroad, they, along with thousands of Belarusians who have left, are asking the question, "Where is my homeland?"