28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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When Flowers Are Not Silent
When Flowers Are Not Silent
When Flowers Are Not Silent
When Flowers Are Not Silent
When Flowers Are Not Silent
When Flowers Are Not Silent

When Flowers Are Not Silent

director: Andrei Kutsila
original title: When Flowers Are Not Silent
country: Poland
year: 2021
running time: 72 min.


Summer 2020. In Belarus, the presidential elections have just been held. Alexander Lukashenka gained over 80% of all votes. The local opposition and the European Union alike called the voting falsified with a large part of the population rejecting the election results. Peaceful mass demonstrations were brutally suppressed, and the intensity of political repressions were raised to the level of the situation before the breakup of the Soviet Union, leading protesters to take to further rallies and freedom marches. An emotional black-and-white documentary captures the mood in a country seen from the perspective of several Belorusian families whose members do not fail to hope in a change even after 27 years of Lukashenka’s dictatorship and a great many traumatic experiences.

„Both in the Czech Republic and Poland there are demonstrations and regular expressions of freedom of speech, but there are none in our country except maybe on some internet platforms.“ (Andrei Kutsila)

The Polish Institute in Prague is the partner of the 25th Ji.hlava IDFF.


Andrei Kutsila (1983) was born in Belarus where he graduated in journalism and fine arts. He deals with the current political and social situation in his country as a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist. He received the Best Medium Feature Documentary Award at 2018 IDFA for his film Summa.

more about film

director: Andrei Kutsila
producer: Beata Krasicka
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas