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Film Discussion Guide

Download the discussion guide for the documentary Belarusian Waltz and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use this documentary to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.

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Film Information

Belarusian Waltz (60 min.)

Premiere Date: August 12, 2008

Photos: Download Here

Trailer: Link

Filmmaker: Andrzej Fidyk Bio | Interview

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet


Andrzej Fidyk
Andrzej Fidyk

I turned on the PBS channel and was so happy to hear Belarusian language and see the scenery of my homeland! By the end of the show I felt disappointed and angry. I feel a bit embarrassed that the world will see this odd person and think all Belarusians are like that.”

— Olia Melnikava, viewer


Critical Acclaim

Belarusian Waltz provides a glimpse into how the regime causes people to censor themselves. ”

— Meredith Greene Megaw,
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