Mы нe oшибкa (We Are Not an Error): Documentary Film and LGBT Activism Against the Russian Anti-“Gay Propaganda” Campaign
Over the past decade, a number of documentary films have been produced with a focus on the situation of LGBTI communities and activism in the Russian Federation. This chapter aims to engage with a small corpus of documentaries examining the aftermath of the 2013 Russian “anti-gay propaganda” bill as a way to critically engage with how documentaries depict the promotion of human rights in a country that continues to be labelled as homophobic and hostile to LGBTI individuals. In this chapter, I examine three documentaries filmed in Russia: Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia (2014), which documents the violent repression that gay men have faced at the hands of vigilantes in Putin’s Russia; Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda (2014) depicting the struggles against societal and political homophobia; and, Children-404 (2014), examining how LGBT youth have found refuge through social networking platforms VKontakte and Facebook.
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