Debut

Anastasiya Miroshnichenko, 80 min, Belarus.

The award-winning documentary film Debut follows female prisoners in a Belarusian prison where they, as first-time offenders, serve sentences of five to 25 years. The prolonged isolation fills the women with fear of being forever separated from their families and friends and it is particularly difficult for the women who have children. Theater exercises and preparing a play help a group of women not to lose themselves.
Anastasiya Miroshnichenko's touching documentary provides a rare glimpse behind the "Iron Curtain", showing how theater can become a way of finding oneself under extreme conditions.