Welcome to Chechnya Reviews

March 13, 2020
Using computer technology to digitally alter the faces of the people trying to escape, France offers a devastating portrait of a country gone mad, under a pair of demagogues with no moral center.
March 10, 2020
Welcome to Chechnya is an important work of journalism. David France uses lessons he's learned from directing and producing his previous films to make a film that's frightening in its truth, and painful in its depiction of its subjects' reality.
March 6, 2020
David France's most remarkable accomplishment emerges from an aesthetic commitment of a very particular kind.
March 6, 2020
[David] France has created a documentary which is both incendiary and vital: we must bear witness to these atrocities and cannot allow them to be forgotten.
February 27, 2020
Welcome To Chechnya is a harrowing experience, but also an invigorating one, keenly capturing the amazing work of LGBT activists in Chechnya.
February 24, 2020
Welcome to Chechnya not only provides a stark reminder of the everyday reality of anti-queer oppression outside of our 'progressive' Western bubble, but also of the precarious nature of global LGBT+ rights.
January 30, 2020
[A] devastating documentary chronicling the still-unfolding situation in the republic of Russia where gay men and lesbians have been targeted for torture and murder.
Top Critic
January 28, 2020
Urgently lifts the lid on one of the most horrifying humanitarian crises of present times: the state-sanctioned purge of LGBTQ people in the eponymous southern Russian republic.
January 27, 2020
"Welcome to Chechnya" is a vital and urgent portrait of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and the world needs to hear about it.
January 27, 2020
Both carefully reported and deeply felt, it seems assured to win critical accolades, and simultaneously engage and outrage sympathetic audiences.
January 27, 2020
Whether or not you identify as queer, Welcome to Chechnya will leave you shaken by the evidence of an amoral autocracy taking extreme action under the hypocritical guise of religious purity.
January 27, 2020
A chilling examination of both the brutality that the Chechen LGBT community is forced to face on a daily basis and the difficulty of leaving the country for peace and safety.