The situation in Chechnya is becoming more than horrible for LGBTQ+ people during the last few years. The winner of Special Mention at this year’s One World Festival in the category that spreads human rights awareness, documentary Welcome to Chechnya, is a clear proof of it. What does it mean to be part of LGBTQ+ community in Chechnya and surrounding areas and what kind of defence or escape options do they have? You can talk about these questions with people who lived or helped there. The moderator of the discussion is Rostislav Valvoda, director of the Prague Civil Society Centre, one of the panellists is Zakir Mogamedov, journalist and activist from Dagestan.
Film screening: Welcome to Chechnya
In recent years, the Chechen security forces have implemented an uncompromising and bloody policy towards gays and lesbians. Arrests and physical punishments are commonplace. Citizens accused of homosexuality can respond to the state's destruction of lives and families with the greatest difficulty, usually by rapid emigration. David France's documentary screened at this year's Sundance Festival follows the path of those who have been the victims of repression and those who have decided to help them.
(USA, 107 min)
The discussion starts at 19:00, the film screening at 21:00. The discussion will be held in Czech (stay tuned for update on the English translation here), the following film is in English, Russian and Chechen with Czech and English subtitles. Should the weather be rainy, the event will be moved from the Open-air cinema to the Garages.
The evening was created in cooperation with the One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Every year, the festival presents more than hundred documentary films about the situation of human rights in the world. This year, the film Welcome to Chechnya is also part of the Get your Audience!, project of the One World Festival, which gives people the opportunity to borrow the films for free and screen them anywhere in the Czech Republic.