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

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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Director

David France

Producer

Alice Henty

Producer

Askold Kurov

Producer

Joy Tomchin

Language(s)

English, French, Russian, Chechen

Bonus Content

50 mins
LIVE Q&A for Welcome to Chechnya

This live Q&A ran on Saturday June 13 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.

2 mins
Anti-Gay Purge by Local Authorities in Russia’s Chechen Republic

Police in Chechnya, a region in southern Russia, are rounding up men believed to be gay, holding them in secret detention, and beating and humiliating them. Sometimes police forcibly “out” these men to their families, hinting that they should be taken care of in an “honor killing.”

Learn more, and download Welcome to Chechnya to access this video content.

2 mins
No Longer Alone

LGBT rights activists from across the Middle East and North Africa bring you on a journey of self-discovery, solidarity and strength.

Learn more, and download Welcome to Chechnya to access this video content.

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