Now that the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are in full swing, the world’s attention is focused on Russia. Crappy hotel rooms — or just a lack thereof — and poorly designed infrastructure seem to be making the headlines along with the games themselves. The internet has already churned out a few unmemorable Putin memes, and Twitter is alive with the sound of embellished accommodation complaints. All of which I couldn’t care less about — there are bigger problems afoot.
Although technically and legally it is no longer a crime to be gay in Russia, homosexuals are still being treated as though it were. The subject pops up every now and again, but is in no way a widely covered issue outside of the LGBT community. And when it is covered by mainstream media outlets, it’s only because something tragic has happened.
This documentary delves into the lives and minds of people on both sides of the battle. It is not by any means a light watch, so be prepared. You will see some stuff that really makes you question the world we live in.
On the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia is officially welcoming gay athletes and spectators. But in a country where it’s thought only 1% of gay people dare to live completely openly, it appears to be a hollow gesture.
This extraordinary Dispatches documentary has gained unique access to the vigilante gangs that target gay men and women. The film depicts a country troubled by disturbing violence and distressing intimidation.
Six months after the Russian parliament unanimously passed a law to protect children from ‘non-traditional’ relationships, this film explores the terror that gay people in Russia are calling ‘hunting season’.
It’s hard to understand humanity at times. Most of the time, really. This is something more people have to be made aware of, so I would greatly appreciate it if you could share this documentary with your friends and family. The more people are educated on the matter the better, and affords a greater possibility for change.