Screening of the film “For our Hopeless Cause”
by Nicolas Miletich 
May 20, 2020
Mo museum, Vilnius, 19.00-21.00 PM

This is a film about dissidents - a small group of people who had the courage and resilience to fight for freedom and human rights in the Soviet Union in the 1960-1980s, when the KGB was omnipotent and the protests of individual activists seemed hopeless. Some of them are known throughout the world: nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov or writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. But behind them stood hundreds of others who risked their freedom, spent years in labor camps and psychiatric wards, fighting for their beliefs and ideals.
Russians, Ukrainians, Jews, Orthodox, Adventists ... They published underground magazines, were members of banned religious organizations, defended their right to express their views openly and preserve their language and culture. The stories of these people are the history of the resistance movement, the history of the struggle for freedom in a non-free country.

“In fact, our world was built very simply. There were people who were ready to pay a prison term for such an ephemeral thing as self-esteem. And there were those who were not ready to do this. That's all. I have no complaints against them. Man is weak by nature,” says dissident Sergei Kovalev.
The film starred Alexander Lavut, Lyudmila Alekseyeva, Sergey Kovalev, Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Joseph Begun, father Gleb Yakunin, Yuri Orlov, Rostislav Galetsky, Vera Lashkova, Alexander Ogorodnikov, Arina Ginzburg, Alexander Podrabinek, Vasil Ovsienko, Semyon Gluzman, Nikolai Miletich, Sergey Khodorovsky.
Country - France
Russian language, English subtitles
Screenwriter and director - Nicolas Miletich

Nicolas Miletitch
Born in 1953 - Journalist at Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Correspondent in Moscow for the AFP from 1978 to 1981. Expelled from the USSR because of his relations with the dissidents. Director of the Belgrade office of the AFP from 1988 to 1994. Covers the revolution in Romania, the fall of communism in Albania and the wars in Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia). Expelled from Serbia in 1994 by President Slobodan Milosevic.

From 1988 to 2001, director of the AFP in Moscow, for Russia and the countries of the former USSR.
From 2006 to 2010 Central editor of the AFP.
From 2010 to 2018, director of AFP in Moscow.

Author of the book "Trafficking and crimes in the Balkans" - Presses Universitaires de France - 1988
Author of the film "The Secret History of the Goulag Archipelago" (with Jean Crépu) 2008
Author of the film “To the success of our desperate cause” 2018

Andrei Sakharov Birthday Concert
by Aleksei Botvinov (UA)
May 21, 2020
Vaidilos Teatras, Jakšto 9, Vilnius, 18.30-20.00 PM

After sensational success in Switzerland, Germany and Ukraine - do not miss the premiere of the new unique project by Alexey Botvinov!

Alexey Botvinov, in collaboration with video artist VJ Videomatics, has been a pioneer in the genre of classic and video art synthesis for more than 10 years. During this time, dozens of immensely successful concerts were organized in the best concert halls, as well as in such iconic open-air spaces as Sofievska Square in Kyiv and the Potemkin Staircase in Odessa. Each concert was the next step in understanding the capabilities of modern multimedia technology and and a deeper penetration into the visual reality of music. The Piano Light Show takes the synthesis of video and classical music to a new qualitative level.

The Piano Light Show was first shown in May 2019 to a wide audience in the Tonhalle, the main Swiss concert hall in Zurich, followed by sold-out concerts in Hamburg and Odessa. To implement the project, the famous piano company KAWAI made a special modification of its flagship model of the large concert grand piano “KAWAI SHIGERU”. The success of the project exceeded expectations - video mapping onto a white piano with the creative know-how of VJ Videomatics and Botvinova created a truly stunning visual and emotional wow effect!

The Piano Light Show is the triumphal result of a decade of creative quest by a pianist and video artist, a completely exclusive and innovative art concept.
On May 21, Alexei Botvinov will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Alemdar Karamanov, Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi. Video mapping - VJ Videomatics.
Become the witness of the birth of a new audiovisual reality!

On the program:
Bach-Busoni:            Chaconne in D minor
Chopin:                       Nocturne D flat major op. 27 N2
Rachmaninov:          Prelude G minor op.23 N5
                                      Prelude G sharp minor op.32 N12
                                      Prelude C minor op.23 N7
Philip Glass:               "Opening"
                                      "Tirol Concerto" 2 movement (arr. for piano solo by A. Botvinov)
Karamanov:               "Night Prayer" (arr. For piano solo by A. Botvinov)
Ludovico Einaudi:     "Fly"


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