Welcome to Chechnya Award-Winning Documentary Gay Purge
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August 18, 2021
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‘Welcome to Chechnya': The Award-Winning Documentary Depicting Chechnya’s Queer Purge

‘Welcome to Chechnya’ - a phrase that a gay person would never hear. ⁠The award-winning documentary directed by David France chronicles the ongoing ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya with shocking honesty and empathy.

The small state, part of the Russian Federation, is known for its cruelty towards the LGBTQ+ community. Arrests, abductions and torture by the authorities are common threats they have to face. But not alone.⁠

The film follows a couple of brave souls who built a ‘rainbow railroad’ to help LGBTQ+ people escape the country. Hiding, changing identities and leaving in secret are the only way to save their lives. ‘Welcome to Chechnya’ is an important, moving and eye-opening piece of cinema, and the first documentary ever to be shortlisted for a visual effects Oscar.

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