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29 Ratings

Welcome to Chechnya

Directed by David France
United States, 2020
Documentary, LGBTQ+


This searing investigative work shadows a group of activists risking unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ pogrom raging in the repressive and closed Russian republic.

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Welcome to Chechnya Directed by David France

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2020 | 2 wins including: Amnesty International Film Award

Sundance Film Festival

2020 | Winner: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing



Critics reviews

The necessity of shielding the film’s participants from exposure proves France’s greatest obstacle, yet it results in the film’s most ingenious tactic.
July 01, 2020
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“Welcome to Chechnya” is both astonishingly groundbreaking in its use of technology, and difficult to watch. It potentially opens new doors to filmmakers and journalists as a way to protect at-risk sources or subjects, but the technology is still in its infancy.
June 30, 2020
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France’s movie is very much an on-the-ground account of these happenings. Its access is unprecedented, made possible only by anonymizing the faces of these exiles using deepfake technology that makes them appear just this side of normal.
June 30, 2020
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