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Under the Hood

Director: Mark Byrne , Rob Dennis


Under the Hood explores life inside Belarus, the former Soviet republic where the battle for democracy, social justice and civil rights has yet to be won. The film is constructed through the voices of ordinary Belarusians and through the mundane details of their everyday lives. Characters include poor communal farmers in tiny villages who support Lukashenko, the autocratic President since 1994, and also opponents of his regime such as Iryna, a veteran journalist whose reporting on the regime has caused her to be arrested, interrogated, beaten and kept under constant surveillance. She and others like her live “under the hood” – a local expression meaning on the radar of the KGB, suspected, followed, threatened and intimidated. Irish filmmakers Mark Byrne and Rob Dennis have constructed a penetrating and compelling vision of life in this most opaque of nations.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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