Rogachev Sugushenka / Рогачёвского Cгущенка

The Rogachev Milk Factory (Рогачёвского МКК) is the largest manufacturer of canned dairy in the CIS. This makes it of particular importance in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, where sweetened condensed milk (сгущенка) is a beloved stalwart of the national cuisine. The sticky-sweet concoction is used in a variety of ways: poured over blini, as fillings […]

Hitchhiking Through Belarus / Аўтаспынам па Беларусі

Hitchhiking Through Belarus (Аўтаспынам па Беларусі) is a contemporary Belarusian documentary TV series. Unlike most shows that air on Belarusian television, it is actually in Belarusian, as opposed to Russian. There are about 30 episodes, most about 20 minutes long; they aired from 2013 to 2016. The show aired on Belsat, Belarus’s first independent TV station. Hitchhiking follows […]

We’ll Be Belarusians! / Будзьма беларусамі!

We’ll Be Belarusians! (Будзьма беларусамі!) is a short animated Belarusian film. Created in 2011, it’s about five minutes long. It’s the first Belarusian-language cartoon about Belarus’s history. For such a short film, Belarusians has a big plot, and made a big impact. The film tells the story of the entire history of Belarus, from the beginning […]

Music Box / Музычная скарбонка

Music Box (Музычная скарбонка) is a series of a few Belarusian short animated films that illustrate and give context to Belarusian folk songs. They were released in 2009 and 2012 by Belarusfilm (Беларусьфільм), the country’s national film studio. They range from three to about 10 minutes long. The series includes songs from a range of […]

Language Anew / Мова Нанова

Language Anew (Мова Нанова) is a Belarusian TV show, one of the very, very few that are actually in Belarusian. Because of Belarus’s history of very close ties with Russia, Belarusian is very rarely spoken in most areas of Belarus (somewhat similar to in Ukraine, but more pronounced), and most Belarusian media is in Russian. The […]

Nesterka / Нестерка

Nesterka (Нестерка) is a series of Belarusian short animated films. There are eight in total, each a few minutes long, produced by National Film Studio “Belarusfilm” (Национальная киностудия “Беларусьфильм”). The first episode/film was released in 2004, the last in 2012. According to Belarusfilm, Nesterka is one of Belarus’s most treasured folk heroes. Nesterka is often […]

Me Ivan, You Abraham / Я — Іван, ты — Абрам

I’m Ivan, You’re Abraham (Я — Іван, ты — Абрам) is a 1993 French–Belarusian film. It is in Belarusian, Polish, and Yiddish. The film was Belarus’s 1994 submission to the Academy Awards for consideration for Best Foreign Language Film (and one of only two films independent Belarus has ever submitted). The film takes place in […]

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus is a 2014 documentary about the Belarusian Free Theatre, an underground theater and political opposition group in Belarus. It was produced by HBO but is partly in Belarusian. The theater has been operating since 2005. It uses art as a means of resistance, putting on plays that highlight the […]

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