July 3 is Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus. Every year on this occasion, the authorities organize a military parade that follows the arteries of Minsk. During this time, the city becomes a space of contrasts between dozens of soldiers and ordinary Belarusians leading normal lives.
In the summer of 2019, one could not yet sense in the air what was to happen a year later. Thanks to the European Games, visa traffic was lifted for a while and anyone from the rest of Europe who had some kind of ticket could visit the Republic of Belarus. Just a year later, the country experienced many brutally suppressed protests against the government, making it even more oppressive. Since then, many people have been arrested, and most of the younger generation has been forced to leave the country. All of my Belarusian friends currently live foreign lives outside its borders.
The series shows everyday life and the last scraps of more liberal part of Belarus society around this sublime time of national celebration.