|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (22)|
|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
Following the passing of Russia’s federal anti-gay “propaganda” law in June last year, there has been a rise in suicides among homosexual minors and homophobic attacks and murders. To shed light on a complex situation and expose this state sanctioned homophobia, VICE News reporter Milene Larsson travelled to Moscow to speak to those most affected on the ground.
In June 2013, Russia passed a federal law against gay ‘propaganda’, imposing heavy fines against providing information about homosexuality.
This was a case in which a country has legalized hatred against a specific group of people, and it has triggered unspeakable hate crimes.
Oppression of gays is just one of the fascist strategies Putin is employing to ride out Russia’s political and economic crisis. However, this is
putting the lives of Russian homosexuals in great danger. This documentary follows Russian activists who are fighting for their freedom, and
asks what people in the world should do while such struggle continues in Russia. [Jay SOHN]
Milene LARSSONMilene LARSSON
A journalist and news documentary filmmaker who has been working for VICE for almost a decade. Initially as editor of the Scandinavian edition of VICE Magazine, she moved to London to become the European managing editor. Now she primarily produces and hosts news documentaries, such as the award winning Israel’s Radical Left, Istanbul Rising and Young and Gay in Putin’s Russia. She has appeared on CNN and Sky News, and helped produce ‘VICE’ on HBO, an Emmy nominated news-magazine show.