Welcome to Chechnya

Director: David France
2020 | USA | 107m
GENRE: Activism | Discrimination | Documentary | Gay | Human Rights | Lesbian | Queer | Transgender
SECTION: Documentary Features
Expected Guests: Q&A with director David France and subject Maxim Lapunov


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Searing and urgent, the latest documentary feature from Oscar-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, Frameline41) highlights an undercover team of LGBTQ+ activists in Russia, desperately trying to save their vulnerable queer community from further persecution and even death as homophobic attacks surge in Chechnya. Director France’s history as an undercover journalist is on full display, as he bands together with these humble heroes to record and undermine the human rights violations being conducted under Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who brazenly (and falsely) claims there are no queer people living in his country.

A prizewinner at both the Sundance and Berlin International Film Festivals this year, Welcome to Chechnya offers a glimmer of hope — albeit with some frightening unanswered questions lingering as the film concludes — in the face of shocking violence and intolerance in the 21st century.


Note: Depicts scenes of homophobic violence

Buying note: This is a digital screening, available to view between 12:01am Thursday, June 25 and 11:59pm Sunday, June 28. We suggest watching it at 3:30pm Saturday, June 27 followed by the Q&A.


LGBT Asylum Project, NCLR, and SFFILM

  • Language: English, Russian, and Chechen with English subtitles
  • Premiere Status: West Coast