NEW YORK – WAITING FOR COLOR is a documentary dance film about the Chechen region of Russia.

“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.

Copyright Kosta Karakashyan.

Meeting in Paris, the memory of Orlando.

We met in Paris on September 27, 2018 with representatives of different organizations. Remembered the terrible event in Orlando.

We discussed what could be corrected and what to do. We planned cooperation between us in solving problems with which the LGBT community meets. Thank you all for your participation and opportunity to get to know each other.

There will be a meeting in Paris. We remember Orlando.

There will be a meeting in Paris. We will wait for all comers, join us. Thursday September 27th 7-8:30 Centre Pompidou EVERYONE is welcome. Please share this post. PHOTO: Paris embodying the idea of “Queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere” in the wake of Orlando attacks.

Gay Parade in Antwerp, Belgium 2018!

Hello everyone! I want to share with you my photos from the gay parade in Antwerp, Belgium.

We managed to participate in this event by our team. We managed to recall the abuses and murders in Chechnya and Russia.

A lot of work is ahead of us, and now we are just happy.

We are grateful to everyone who came to the gay parade, thanks to those who supported us.

Gay Parade in Amsterdam 2018.

There was an event that we had been waiting for. We congratulate you on the successful LGBT parade. Let the future week be the point of starting new affairs and organizing new events that will help many gays feel protected.

Our team is the first Russian-speaking organization in Europe, actively participated in the gay parade. We prepared as best we could, gathered a large group of girls and guys, we arranged a demonstration meeting on a bridge in Amsterdam, where boats sailed below.

We were photographed by journalists and ordinary people, they greeted us by the hand and wished us a lot of strength, supported us with kind words and asked different questions. It was great that people remember and know about the attitude towards gays in Chechnya and Russia.

We received a great positive energy boost for our future projects. We know that we need this world. We regret that not all participants of our group can attend the photo, as they are afraid for their family left in Chechnya and Russia. Thanks for the support of Voices4 and RUSALGBT.