Welcome to Chechnya (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 47m

This searing documentary, directed by acclaimed writer and Oscar® nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson), shadows a group of brave activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ campaign in the Russian Republic of Chechnya. Employing a guerilla filmmaking style, France takes us inside the fraught, day-to-day workings of an underground pipeline of activists facing incredible risks to rescue victims from this brutal government-directed campaign. Through unfettered access, and with a commitment to protecting anonymity, this documentary exposes these underreported atrocities, while highlighting an extraordinary group of people.

Welcome to Chechnya stands as a stark reminder of what human beings are capable of doing and why we need human rights protections. It is also a tribute to the courage of strangers.” -Graeme Reid, Director, LGBT Rights Program, Human Rights Watch. Full article here.

Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films

Winner, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing, Sundance Film Festival, 2020 Winner, Panorama Publikumspreis (Audience Award) for Best Documentary, the Teddy Activist Award and the Special Jury Amnesty International Film Award at Berlinale, 2020

Join us for a digital film festival screening + live Q&A. Watch the film at your own pace, or join us for a shared viewing experience.
Saturday, June 13
6:10 PM EDT – Start watching the film
7:55 PM EDT – 5 min break – get your questions ready and re-fill your beverage!
8:00 PM EDT – Join us for a live Q&A with filmmaker David France, author, journalist, & columnist at The New Yorker Masha Gessen, HRW’s Europe and Central Asia Associate Director Tanya Lokshina, and HRW’s LGBT Program Director Graeme Reid. Register here
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David France


Alice Henty


Askold Kurov


Joy Tomchin


English, French, Russian, Chechen

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