BIFF 2020
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Welcome to Chechnya

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Welcome to Chechnya
USA / 2020 / 1 t 47 min
LANGUAGE:
tsjetsjensk/engelsk/russisk
UNDERTEKSTER:
engelsk
CAST:
Olga Baranova, David Isteev, Maxim Lapunov
DIRECTOR:
David France
WRITER:
David France, Tyler H. Walk
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Askold Kurov, Derek Wiesehahn
TEMA:
LHBT
A shocking insight into Chechnya’s war on homosexuality

Since 2017 the Russian republic of Chechnya has detained, tortured and executed people for the crime of being gay. As the Kremlin looks the other way, it’s up to ordinary citizens to try to stop the authorities from committing pogroms. In this nerve-wracking documentary we follow a group of activists working covertly to smuggle LGBT people out of Chechnya. Filmed in secret and using state-of-the-art “deep fake” technology to anonymize its subjects, WELCOME TO CHECHNYA is one of 2020’s bravest and most important documentaries.

David France

David France (USA) Filmography: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (2017), HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (BIFF 2012)