Handbook

a film by

Germany, Belarus | 26' | 11/2021 | documentary

In the days following the presidential election in Belarus in August 2020, numerous protests erupt throughout the country. The special police, OMON, take particularly brutal action against demonstrators, which even spills over onto passers-by. In total, almost 7000 people are arrested throughout Belarus. Hundreds of victims recount their experiences in interviews. Their reports reveal a system of repression, which is reconstructed in detail in the director’s room in Berlin Neukölln in the form of a cinematic guide.

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Pavel Mozhar

Biography

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 & 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. After graduation he had various internships and jobs in the film industry. 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.

Filmography

• Handbook – 2021, documentary short
• Vizitator – 2019, doucmentary short (student film)
• Holger – 2017, fiction short (student film)

Crew

Director: Pavel Mozhar
Screenplay: Pavel Mozhar
Producers: Kolja Wolle, Pavel Mozhar
Production Manager: Kolja Wolle
Cinematography: Adam Graf, Jonas Römmig
Production Designer: Frederike Blume
Costume Designer: Frederike Blume
Sound: Joscha Eickel
Voice Recording: Jack Jacks
Sound Designer: Ganna Gryniva
Foley Artist: Aurelia Langarika
Foley Mixer: Jaime B.
Animation: Laura Därr
Editors: Florian Seufert, Pavel Mozhar
Final Mix: Bertold Budig
Colour Grading: Jonas Römmig
DCI Mastering: Robert Hölzel
Translation: Alison Moffat-McLynn

Festivals

  • DOK Leipzig – International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany (25 October – 31 October, 2021)
    German Short Film Competition
  • International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, The Netherlands (17 – 28 November, 2021)
    Short Documentary Competition Won: Best Short Documentary

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