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
Thank you to everyone who joined our digital film festival screening + live Q&A on June 13. You can still watch the film at your own pace until June 20, and view the recording of the 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 here on our Facebook page or below in our “bonus content” section.
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English, French, Russian, Chechen