In 89 Millimetres German filmmaker Sebastian Heinzel sets out on a journey to Belarus to find out how six young people of his own age live their lives and how free they really are in a young nation that is torn between stagnation, protest and emigration. He meets a political refugee, members of the Resistance, a house painter, a Go-Go-dancer, a journalist without any prospects and a soldier devoted to his country. The film is a stunning portrait of a generation that tries to find its own way after the breakdown of the Soviet Union. 89 Millimetres, the distance that railways in Belarus are wider than those of its Western neighbours, also stands for the little difference between life in Belarus and in Western Europe.

Director: Sebastian Heinzel
Camera: Eugen Schlegel
Editor: Lena Rem
Producer: Stefan Kloos
Production Assistant: Julia Mahnkopf
Art Direction: Lars Jordan
Voice-Over: Roman Knižka
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin


Documetary, Germany 2004/2005 (79 min.)


Director: Sebastian Heinzel
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin
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Festivals (Selection): One World Festival Prag, International Documentary Festival Kassel, Sehsüchte Berlin, Anonimul Festival Sfântu Gheorghe, Dokument Festival Glasgow
Awards: Prädikat Wertvoll (FBW), Best Film (Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Rheinland-Pfalz), Best Camera (Prizren), Best Editing (Sehsüchte)