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The premiere of the documentary “Liberation” took place in Belarus

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The film is based on unique documentary materials, some of which have been made public for the first time.

The premiere demonstration of the documentary “Liberation”, dedicated to the 79th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, was held in Minsk.
The film was prepared by the Belarusian State Archive of Film and Photographic Documents with the participation of the Department of Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus.

“The chronicle-documentary material presented in the film is unique in its content,” Justice Minister of Belarus Yevgeny Kovalenko told reporters.

Kovalenko noted that the film shows footage of a film chronicle that has not been used or published before.
Today, the premiere of the film will be held in more than 30 cities of Belarus.
The film restores the chronology of the liberation of Belarus from the Nazi invaders, starting from November 26, 1943, when the Red Army troops entered the city of Gomel. It is planned that the following documentaries will feature unique footage of partisan parades that took place in Minsk, Vitebsk, Pinsk, and other cities of Belarus liberated from the Nazis.
The exhibition of archival materials, which were presented before the premiere, contains unique footage of the first partisan parade, which took place in Minsk in July 1944. Including the encryption that was sent to the partisan brigades and invited to this parade in liberated Minsk. Then, in honor of this parade, it will be named Partizansky Prospekt.

The partisan parade

Margarita Starostina, head of the Department for the Use of archival documents of the National Archive of Belarus, told about the unique partisan parade that took place in Minsk on July 16, 1944.

“More than 30,000 partisans, underground fighters and 50,000 residents of the capital took part in this partisan parade,” she said.

According to her, the parade was organized in advance: it had a plan, huge posters were printed, it was filmed by three film installations, there were also two radio points that provided audibility throughout the parade.

“People came with flowers, posters and slogans. It was the first partisan parade,” she said.
Starostina also recalled a well-known curious incident that occurred at this parade. Then a goat named Kid walked in front of a column of partisans.

“This Kid was the mascot of one of the guerrilla brigades, participated in operations – he carried a medical bag with medicines,” the agency interlocutor said.

According to her, at that parade, the Baby first walked inside the column, and then suddenly burst forward, which “delighted everyone present.”

Starostina noted that there are archival photos and videos of this moment of that legendary partisan parade.



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