Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Welcome to Chechnya

Year: 2020
Country: United States
Language: Engish, Russian
Run Time: 107 minutes

Welcome to Chechnya
Welcome to Chechnya
Welcome to Chechnya
Welcome to Chechnya

Searing urgency is a guiding force as WELCOME TO CHECHNYA shadows a group of activists who risk unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ+ program raging in the repressive and closed Russian republic. Since 2016 Chechnya’s tyrannical leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has waged a depraved operation to “cleanse the blood” of LGBTQ+ Chechens, overseeing a government-directed campaign to detain, torture, and execute them. With no help from the Kremlin and only faint global condemnation of the violence, a vast and secretive network of activists takes matters into its own hands. With unfettered access, Academy Award® nominee, David France, chronicles a modernday underground railroad, using a remarkable approach to protect the anonymity of his subjects. France is the perfect filmmaker to tell this story. He’s a warrior with a camera and the ultimate purveyor of the imperative of documentary to expose atrocity and ignite change. With scorching power that will leave you quaking in your seat, WELCOME TO CHECHNYA dares to confront genocide in the making. (In English and Russian with subtitles) — Sundance Film Festival

CIFF44 Screenings

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 8:45 PM

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No


Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


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Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce

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