“Documentary Dance Film Raises Awareness about LGBTQ+ Torture in Chechnya”
NEW YORK – WAITING FOR COLOR is a documentary dance film revealing the harsh reality of LGBTQ+ persecution in the Chechen region of Russia. The contents of the film were inspired by testimonials of the arrests, torture, and blackmail that gay Chechens were subjected to throughout 2017. Through the accounts of 33 brave individuals who shared their stories, the film explores the themes of paranoia, trauma, and hope.
The film chooses dance as the primary medium in order to evoke three distinct emotions that showcase the intensity that Chechens faced: surveillance, brutality, and hopelessness. The physically-charged, abstract movement is choreographed to enhance the resonance of the spoken testimonies, offering a physical interpretation to the psychological torture that the individuals experienced.
The film is a direct response to the government anti-gay purge in Chechnya that made international news in April 2017 about the abduction, torture and extrajudicial killings of over 100 gay men in the Chechen Republic, a part of the Russian Federation. As news spread, activists tried to evacuate survivors and push the local government for accountability, admittance, and persecution of those involved in these terrible crimes against humanity. The Russian government has been stalling its investigation, refusing to come forward with anything conclusive even after reports and public testimonials of individuals who had successfully escaped were shared in the press.
The film was independently produced by Kosta Karakashyan and Studio Karakashyan and is being released in collaboration with Single Step Foundation, a Bulgarian non-profit organization that aims to help LGBTI youth recognize, come out and affirm their sexual orientation and gender identity. The goal of the film is to maintain international attention on the situation and to highlight the important work that the Russian LGBT Network is doing in uncovering these brutal stories and protecting the individuals that came forward to share them.
Waiting for Color (6:35) release: Wednesday, August 27, 1PM EDT.
About us have written in the remarkable edition i24NEWS.
In the summer of 2017, Zelim Bakaev flew home to his native Chechnya from Moscow, where he was building a career as a pop singer and model.Bakaev, according to his friends, had avoided returning to Chechnya for months as dozens of gay men — including his own acquaintances — were ensnared in what human rights groups would later describe as a bloody crackdown on LGBT people in the pocket-sized republic in southern Russia.
15 OSCE countries use the Vienna Mechanism in the struggle for human rights in Chechnya. August 30, 2018 was the speech of the Permanent Representative of Canada to the OSCE Natasha Cayer
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Today is the day of the abduction of Zelim Bakayev 08.08.2018. Exactly one year ago he was kidnapped in Chechnya. We held a rally near the Embassy of Russia (66 Avenue De Fré, 1180 Uccle).
We invited a lot of people, but only three people could come to the embassy and Piet De Bruyn. The rest are afraid. They have a fear of preserving their family, which lives in Russia.
The issue of LGBT Chechens remains open, many continue to be tortured and killed. By our rally, we demand an open investigation into the abduction of Zelim Bakaev and kidnapping of other people in Chechnya and Russia.
We demand the resolution of an international independent investigation by an international human rights organization. We do not forget and see what is happening in Chechnya. The embassy of Russia is ashamed for the disappearance of Zelim Bakaev. We were not allowed to approach the fence of the Russian Embassy.
The Russian authorities are afraid that the whole world will learn the truth about the ill-treatment of LGBT people throughout Russia. We want to thank honest and strong people, all those who support the first “LGBT World Beside” organization for working with LGBT refugees from Chechnya and Russia: the police of Belgium, Piet De Bruyn, Voices4 and RUSALGBT. Thank you for the opportunity to spend a day of memory on different continents. Together we will succeed.