Original title: Handbuch
Director: Pavel Mozhar
Country: Germany, Belarus
Running time: 93 min
Language: Russian, German + English subtitles
In August 2020, widespread protests broke out in Belarus in the aftermath of the presidential elections. At that time, a special police unit, OMON, cracked down not only on protesters but also on ordinary passers-by. Handbook is a reconstruction of what the victims of their brutality had to go through. The disturbing testimonies are underlined by illustrative footage that resembles a handbook. What comes to the surface is that the repressive forces work at all levels in a coldblooded and systematic manner, according to a uniform key.
Pavel Mozhar was born in 1987 in Minsk and has lived in and around Berlin since the age of ten. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bayreuth (2009-2012). During this time, he was involved in student film projects and attended seminars at the Media Studies faculty. In 2015 he started his Master’s degree in Directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, majoring in documentary forms. Mozhar’s most recent work is Handbook, a short documentary about the protests in Belarus in August 2020.
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