Ada Raichonak and her husband Aleh are an aged couple of Belarusian farmers. They live in the most picturesque place of Belarus – Vitebsk region which had given to the world Mark Chagall and other famous artists. There is a lot of poverty and people’s life is very difficult, these make strong contrast with the wonderful landscapes.
Despite many duties Ada spends a lot of her time on organizing plein-airs. On her own limited account she bought a waste house in her village and organized a picture gallery in it. In this gallery Ada exhibits pictures of the artists who come to her from all over the country for summer artistic sessions (plein-airs), attracted by the unique beauty of local nature.
In order to organize the plein-airs Ada needs the help from her neighbours, but they respond to her activity in different ways (they are apathetic, distrustful, reluctant or just lazy).
Belarus is known as the “Last Dictatorship in Europe” and being a freethinker is not too good. Even such an innocent activity (plein-airs and creating the gallery) is considered as unwelcome and can cause problems with local authorities.
But next plein-air is starting…
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
film directorGraduated from Higher Courses of Script Writers and Film Directors of Goskino of USSR in MoscowDirected a number of feature films and documentaries at Belarusfilm studio and at Belarusian TV in Minsk in 1980 – 1991Won several awards at Soviet Union film festivals, such as “Nadezhda” (“Hope”) for the best first short feature film.In 1991 founded Belarusian Humanities Lyceum which works now in underground in Belarus. Lectures filmmaking to the Lyceum students, makes theater performances. Several documentaries have been produced about Lyceum activities such as “Partisan School” (director Jerzy Kalina) and “Lessons of Belarusian” (director Miroslaw Dembinski, and won international awards.Now is working on several documentary film projects.