Welcome to Chechnya
by David France
Receiving countless anonymous phone calls, young men and women fear for their lives. A secret network of helping hands is the only salvation for many queer people living in conservative Chechnya. While President Ramzan Kadyrov claims there are no homosexuals in his country, his regime is accused of torturing and murdering numerous queer people. To date, the cases have received no official clarification. In WELCOME TO CHECHNYA, we meet tireless activists who keep other people safe, both from the government and even from their own families. Shocking stories, interviews, hidden cameras and mobile phone recordings show the alarming reality as well as the courage needed to break the silence.