The title “Amerykanka” is synonymous with the Belarusian KGB prison in Minsk. The focus is on opposition member Aljaksandr Fjaduta, who acts as himself in an animated prison setting, telling of his arrest and constant interrogations and humiliations with a healthy dose of irony. His scorching criticism and well-formulated analysis of President Alexander Lukashenko’s dictatorship in Belarus are conveyed to the audience in a sarcastically derisive manner. The tip of the irony iceberg is, ultimately, that Fjaduta himself was promoted to Lukashenko’s chief ideologist after his first election victory in 1994.
Peter Dudar’s recently restored 1982 film DP 2 is based on the memories of a forced labourer deported from Ukraine to Germany, who miraculously survived a WWII concentration camp and his later deportation to Siberia. The events narrated by an actor are juxtaposed against sequences of a performance by Canadian dancer Lily Eng, creating a third narrative level.