Welcome to Chechnya

Welcome to Chechnya ★★★★½

An absolutely staggering encapsulation of something I knew nothing about beforehand. At many points, it's hard to watch (I had to actually pause it and step away for a minute, which I usually never do) but it immediately marks itself as a vital piece of activist filmmaking, even if it doesn't quite stay focused the whole way through due to the nature of the subject matter and having to transition between two or three different people within that. I wonder if things will change for LGBT Chechens now that the Biden administration is in power, but I'm unfortunately not optimistic about any part of the U.S. government moving quickly on this. The film also has a terrific score. Maxim Lapunov should be in the fucking hall of fame of LGBTQIA+ people for his insane bravery.

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