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A New Film Brings Chechnya’s Horrific Anti-Gay Purge to the Screen

Expand A victim of the purge telling his story in a safe house in central Russia in April 2017.  © 2017 Nataliya Vasilyeva for Human Rights Watch I was recently invited to a private prescreening of David France’s new documentary Welcome to Chechnya. The film focuses on activists working day and night under extreme duress to rescue complete strangers from a violent purge of gay men in Chechnya. I sat with the director after watching the film, notebook in hand, to give him feedback. But instead I found myself quite unable to speak. And despite my best efforts to maintain professional composure,…

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