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WATCH DOCS Belarus - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

WATCH DOCS is a place that helps you to look at an individual and humanity from a new perspective thanks to strong world documentary and real personal stories. Here we focus on the most topical events of our time and give an opportunity to discuss them - often together with the directors and heroes of the documentaries! Entry to the events is always free of charge for everyone.

The first WATCH DOCS screenings took place in Warsaw in 2001. And starting from 2015 the Festival is held annually in Belarus and is run by like-minded organizers and dozens of volunteers.

The main themes of WATCH DOCS Belarus screenings and special events once were Islam in the modern world, digital security, information literacy and populism, teenage addictions, the events in Ukraine and the memory of the Gulag, corruption of transnational companies and responsibility of business, ecology, culture of remembrance and the problem of destruction of monuments in the 21st century and many others.


WATCH DOCS Belarus '2019: Limits to (un) freedom

«What the f ...?!» Or 25 reasons to get angry!». The fifth documentary film festival on human rights WATCH DOCS Belarus invites all of you!

From 5 to 13 of December we will watch 25 powerful documentaries, have debates with directors and experts, meet guests of the festival and mess around with a top-list of blindly made decisions by bureaucrats in the last year. Are you with us?

For the first time we are going to present awards to Belarusian documentary filmmakers and introduce a full programme of Belarusian films on human rights. Support this award on!

Through real-life stories, straightforward facts, sincerity we raise questions of freedom and its limits, rights and human dignity. We believe that life without filters and cinematographic effects is greater than any other fiction. There are no bad or good characters, right answers or happy endings. We want to explore the limits to our (un) freedom and we are ready to say «What the f ...?!» to anything that restricts it!

Together with documentary directors from Belarus and from all over the world, we invite you to tear ourselves away from binge watching TV-series for 8 days and choose from almost 30 candid films true-life stories of your preference, join the discussion about freedom, think about what makes us angry and why.

These films will surprise you with their incredible plots that are even more intense than in any other action film or thriller. Because here we are talking about real people and events! 


The organizer of the festival is the public association "Zviano".

Previous years’ financial records are available below:




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