The documentary takes us inside the fraught, day-to-day workings of an underground pipeline of activists who face unimaginable risks to rescue LGBTQ victims from Chechnya’s brutal government-directed campaign. In a republic where being gay or transgender is unspeakable, the LGBTQ community lives in the utmost secrecy and fear, under threat of detention, torture and death, often at the hands of the authorities. Extensive access to a remarkable group of activists —from the Russian LGBT Network and the Moscow Community Center for LGBTI+ Initiatives— and alarmingly brutal footage of abuse, bring to light the underreported atrocities and the dangers of exposing them.
Presented and awarded at Berlin, Sundance and Hot Docs film festivals.
Título original: Welcome to Chechnya
Duração: 107 min.
Tags: USA, documentary, Russia, social portrait, LGBTQI+, authoritarianism, awarded films
Direção: David France
Roteiro: David France, Tyler H. Walk
Fotografia: Askold Kurov
Montagem: Tyler H. Walk
Produtor: Alice Henty, David France, Askold Kurov, Joy A. Tomchin
Produção: Public Square Films
Música: Evgueni & Sacha Galperine
World Sales: Submarine Entertainment
Distribuição: Synapse Distribution