The documentary takes us inside the fraught, day-to-day workings of an underground pipeline of activists who face unimaginable risks to rescue LGBTQ victims from Chechnya’s brutal government-directed campaign. In a republic where being gay or transgender is unspeakable, the LGBTQ community lives in the utmost secrecy and fear, under threat of detention, torture and death, often at the hands of the authorities. Extensive access to a remarkable group of activists —from the Russian LGBT Network and the Moscow Community Center for LGBTI+ Initiatives— and alarmingly brutal footage of abuse, bring to light the underreported atrocities and the dangers of exposing them.
Presented and awarded at Berlin, Sundance and Hot Docs film festivals.
David France, Tyler H. Walk
Tyler H. Walk
Evgueni & Sacha Galperine
Alice Henty, David France, Askold Kurov, Joy A. Tomchin
Public Square Films
Born in Michigan, USA in 1959. Filmmaker, non-fiction author and investigative journalist, he made his directing debut with How to Survive a Plague (2012), which, alongside numerous other awards, it was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary. France also directed The Death and Life of Marsha P. (2017), screened at Sheffield Documentary Festival and in Tribeca.