A ferocious film in two parts, depicting and severely criticizing the rise and reign of Alexander Lukashenko, dictator of Belarus.
“…makes Fahrenheit 9/11 seem tepid and weak…a brutal and brilliant bit of filmmaking.”
– Jim Knipfel, New York Press
“Indelible portraits of power’s absolute corruption…an astonishing diatribe…heaves with disturbing scenes of violence against innocent Belarussians…a primal howl of outrage.”
– Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“scuffed-knuckle…open a window on an atrocious reality American media channels don’t bother to report…sharp, instructive, and mad as hell.”
– Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
“Fearless… here through vision and daring.”
– Milos Stehlik of Facets Multi-Media
With fury and agony, Long Knives Night and Reporting from a Rabbit Hutch confront Europe’s last dictator: Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus. Writer / director Victor Dashuk has risked imprisonment and abuse – common for dissidents, as you see in the films – to depict and attack Lukashenko’s rise to authority.
Long Knives Night chronicles the 1996 anti-constitutional coup in Belarus. Lukashenko’s actions are both symbolic and explicitly political: he reverts to Soviet-style state symbolism, blocks voting, and sics riot police on protesters to beat them bloody. With breathtaking access, Dashuk also reveals footage of the actual elected legislators locked out of their offices by the President’s own guards.
The New York Times describes Reporting from a Rabbit Hutch as “less philosophical and more turbulent…explores the realities of life in Belarus and the fates of those who dare oppose the president. Driven by the voices of Belarussian citizens…the film heaves with disturbing scenes of violence against innocent Belarussians.”
Though widely recognized as one of the most dangerous men in the world, Lukashenko has rarely before been depicted on film. When finally revealed in New York City in 2006, they caused a sensation. Now, at last, these harrowing and absolutely essential films are ready for all.
“Long Knives Night.” Documentary, 56 minutes, 1999. Written and directed by Victor Dashuk. “Reporting from a Rabbit Hutch.” Documentary, 40 minutes, 2001. Written and directed by Victor Dashuk.