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From Academy Award-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson) comes Welcome to Chechnya, a powerful and eye-opening documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya.

With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, this documentary exposes Chehnya’s underreported atrocities while highlighting a group of people who are confronting brutality head-on. The film follows these LGBTQ+ activists as they work undercover to rescue victims and provide them with safe houses and visa assistance to escape persecution.   

Welcome to Chechnya is a Public Square Films production, directed by David France and produced by Alice Henty, Joy A. Tomchin, Askold Kurov, and David France. 

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Chechnyas Strongman: Ramzan Kadyrov

In this segment featured in the Welcome to Chechnya documentary; Real Sports Correspondant David Scott has a conversation with Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov about the Russian republic's MMA fighters alleged torture of LGBTQ Chechens and speaks with a journalist who is fighting to call out the ongoing persecution this community faces.


As the violence around Chechnya's anti-LGBTQ+ purge continues, brave activists and organizations are fighting daily to create a safer world for queer Chechens. We hope sharing these stories shines a spotlight on Chechnya and rallies the community to take action.

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