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David France’s Searing LGBTQ Doc ‘Welcome to Chechnya’ Premieres on HBO June 30

HBO Documentary Films has announced the official release date for David France‘s  “Welcome to Chechnya.” The human rights documentary follows the efforts made by Russian activists to protect the lives of persecuted and tortured Chechen LGBTQ+ citizens. The film premieres on HBO June 30. France, Alice Henty, Joy A. Tomchin, and Askold Kurov produce.

The official synopsis from HBO:

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA shadows a group of brave activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LBGTQ campaign in the Russian republic of Chechnya. With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, this documentary exposes these underreported atrocities, while highlighting an extraordinary group of people confronting deadly brutality.

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“Welcome to Chechnya” Photo Credit: Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films

“Welcome to Chechnya” had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and won the award for Best Editing. It made its way to Berlin International Film Festival, where it received three awards, including the Teddy Activist Award, the Panorama Audience Award for Documentary Film, and the Amnesty International Film Prize.

On LGBTQ+ issues, David France is an investigative documentarian on the forefront of these human rights subjects through film. His directorial credits include “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” and the Oscar-nominated “How to Survive A Plague.” “Welcome to Chechnya” is France’s third documentary feature and sees the filmmaker making use of his “outsider activism” once again.

From David France’s director’s statement:

“In my work as a journalist and author over many years, I have focused closely on the stories of outsiders and people who society has pushed to its margins- the disregarded, the ignored, the hated.”

“Welcome to Chechnya” has an official website where you can follow updates and support the organizations helping LGBTQ lives. The filmmakers hope the streaming premiere can reach the people it seeks to help. “That’s why we want to show the power and strength of gay men and lesbians and transgender people and the lessons they can show all of humanity about what it takes to triumph,” adds France.

HBO recently released the trailer for the upcoming documentary, “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind,” which also debuted in Park City. Moreover, HBO’s docuseries, “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children,” premiered on the platform earlier this month. Other upcoming documentary titles from HBO include “Transhood” and “Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn.”

“Welcome to Chechnya” premieres on HBO June 30.

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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Gay propaganda this doc is a hoax


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