Welcome To Chechnya
State-sponsored, anti-gay purges have occurred since 2007 across Chechnya, a largely Muslim republic in southwest Russia. With the explicit encouragement of Ramzan Kadyrov, Moscow’s puppet leader in the region, a campaign has been waged to detain, torture and execute hundreds of gay men.
This acclaimed film follows LGBTQ+ rights activists risking their lives to help persecuted individuals, their partners, and families escape from Russia. American documentarian David France uses an innovative special effect to disguise faces which allows his camera to capture a close-up view of this on-going atrocity and the dedicated activists fighting against it.
Berlin International Film Festival 2020 Amnesty International Film Prize & Panorama Audience Award Winner; Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2020 Audience Award Winner; Sundance Film Festival 2020 Grand Jury Prize Nominee.
English, Russian, Chechen
2020, 107 min
Content Warning: contains difficult imagery, violence. Language may be offensive to some viewers.