Monday, September 16, 2013
I like this short film called Connections, but it's not because of Jude Law. Really.
Besides showing two folks sharing some whiskey together from the same bottle in the middle of the London airport, it has a cool message about taking care of each other and being nice and taking some time once in a while to help your fellow man.
But this video also has a true story behind it about how Law helped a theater in Belarus relocate to London after the Belarus presidential elections in 2010.
From The Guardian:
The film Connection — which you can see above — is a metaphor for our story. It is about how we as members of the troupe bridged the psychological gap between two societies; how we attempted to accept the fact that we were persecuted in one and celebrated in another. Jude Law, who co-stars in the film, supported us even before we escaped from Belarus. He performed in a Belarus Free Theatre production at the Young Vic a month before the ill-fated presidential elections of 2010. The theatre welcomed us with open arms, and Belarus Free Theatre soon began to show its performances there. It is no accident that the Young Vic became our London home: it's an open, freedom-loving theatre, that listens keenly to others, with an acute sensitivity to theatrical innovation and freedom of creative expression. Belarus Free Theatre continues to show its performances underground in Minsk, but London is our second home, the place where our performances can be shown on some of the very best stages.
Be assured, we are not complaining about our fate, nor are we looking for sympathy. We are strong. We want to work, to tell stories, to build and develop creative projects. Connection is not only a metaphor for regaining a new home, but a sign of communication between people coming together with the desire to create and collaborate; strengthening each other's voice.