To My Women Friends

1993 | Activism / Documentary / Human Rights / Women's Studies | 64m | Russia | Germany
Directors: Natasha Sharandak

In the 1993 feature-length documentary To My Women Friends , revealing interviews with six Russian lesbians convey the joys and hardships of having been a lesbian in the former Soviet Union. The six women are interviewed separately, but splices of party/meeting scenes show a vital and strong community. While Tatjana speaks hesitantly about her sexuality, believing it to be a private matter, Muchabat charmingly flirts with the filmmaker. This fascinating documentary touches on a range of issues including women's prisons, LGBTQ community organizing (the Wings Association, a lesbian group), coming out, and homophobia. The film also addresses laws in the former Soviet Union which threat of imprisonment, blackmail, government harassment and family rejection.