All3Media International, Roast Beef Productions Reunite


All3Media International has continued its partnership with nonfiction specialist Roast Beef Productions for The Accidental President.

The new feature-length documentary follows the true story of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, an ordinary housewife from Belarus who was thrust onto the international political stage when her husband was arrested for challenging Aleksandr Lukashenko for the presidency.

The title is set to premiere on March 2 at the 4th International Documentary Film Festival Artdocfest/Riga. It will also be screened next month in Prague at the Czech Republic’s One World Festival.

The Accidental President is produced in association with All3Media International, Germany’s NDR and Doc Society.

Rachel Job, senior VP of non-scripted content at All3Media International, commented, “Following our global sales success with three-parter Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell?, we’re very pleased to announce our latest collaboration with the genre-leading creative team at Roast Beef Productions. The Accidental President puts the spotlight on a woman whose life has been profoundly transformed as she fights for the future of her country. Through Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s extraordinary story, audiences around the world can get a unique insight into this high-stakes struggle for democracy in Europe’s last dictatorship.”

Filmmakers Mike Lerner and Martin Herring commented, “Today, the world has finally woken up to Putin’s tyrannical war against democracy and freedom. This film will show how Putin has been aided and abetted by his neighboring poodle, the fake president Aleksandr Lukashenko in their attempt to destroy democracy both in Belarus and Ukraine. The awe-inspiring bravery of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the thousands of ordinary Belarusians who refuse to accept this tyranny is an example to all of us of the power of the individual to fight for truth and justice.”