Welcome to Chechnya

2020, Documentary/Gay & lesbian, 1h 47m

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An illuminating and urgent call to action, Welcome to Chechnya portrays the horrors of the mass persecution of the LGBTQ+ community in the Chechen Republic with tenacity and tenderness. Read critic reviews

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Activists risk their lives to confront Russian leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his government-directed campaign to detain, torture and execute LGBTQ Chechens.

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  • Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge. brought home the horror with a dramatic urgency. David France's grimly compelling film was a docu-thriller, with heart-stopping moments as activists spirited people out of the country in clandestine operations.

    December 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • France sensitively draws out the personalities of his subjects, ensuring that, despite the digital disguises and pseudonyms, they emerge as distinct individuals.

    December 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • David France has made a difficult, distressing and often tremendously bleak film about the torture and murder of LGBT people in Chechnya, and the brave efforts of community activists and organisers to "extract" them from the region.

    December 30, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's one of those documentaries that makes you wonder how it even got made... It's a little bit all over the place, but ultimately I found this to be a harrowing, fascinating watch.

    July 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's a collective profile in courage ... on the people who are the last thing standing between survival and a purge.

    July 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A documentary that plays like a chilling undercover thriller.

    July 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge. brought home the horror with a dramatic urgency. David France's grimly compelling film was a docu-thriller, with heart-stopping moments as activists spirited people out of the country in clandestine operations.

    December 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • France sensitively draws out the personalities of his subjects, ensuring that, despite the digital disguises and pseudonyms, they emerge as distinct individuals.

    December 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • David France has made a difficult, distressing and often tremendously bleak film about the torture and murder of LGBT people in Chechnya, and the brave efforts of community activists and organisers to "extract" them from the region.

    December 30, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's one of those documentaries that makes you wonder how it even got made... It's a little bit all over the place, but ultimately I found this to be a harrowing, fascinating watch.

    July 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes there really is nothing else to say about a film, except that it is a harrowing, tough, worthy and near-exhausting watch. And yet, you'll be glad you made the effort and took the time.

    July 6, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Feels all too real.

    February 25, 2021 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…

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