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08 April 2021, 21:16

“Artdocfest” organizers report interest of viewers in film about life in Chechnya

On April 5 and 6, the film "Khan Yu" describing the life of people in a Chechen village was screened within the “Artdocfest” documentary film festival, with an increased audience on the second day, organizers reported. According to them, after a film about a Chechen gay was removed from the screening, there were no attempts to disrupt other premieres.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the “Artdocfest” film festival had to cancel the screening of the film “Quiet Voice” about a Chechen gay. The film director closed his social media account after threats in his address.

In the film "Khan Yu" about the everyday routine in a Chechen village, one of the villagers tells her daughter about the return of Zara, their relative, who left the village 20 years ago. The upcoming visit of the relative becomes an expected and bright event for the women.

“In addition to the screening of the film ‘Khan Yu’, there was a Zoom meeting with film director Zaur Kurazov, who lives in Belgium. The meeting was held in a very warm atmosphere, and everyone was happy about it,” said Ekaterina Vizgalova, the press secretary for the “Artdocfest” film festival.

Earlier, film director Vitaly Mansky said that the “Artdocfest” film festival had to cancel the screening of the film “Quiet Voice” after “a member of the Chechen Diaspora explained that a Chechen man could not be a gay and that the film thus insulted the entire Chechen nation.”

Let us remind you that the “Artdocfest” film festival had to cancel the screening of the film “Border” about the protests in Ingushetia after the Ministry of Culture had recognized it as inciting ethnic hatred.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on April 8, 2021 at 08:32 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Semyon Charny; Source: CK correspondent

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