The White Lion
Sun 24th Sept, 5pm
Join us for a night of short films that discuss the experiences of the LGBT communities in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan across several decades.
Programmed by the well respected Simon Savary of the London-based film platform New Queer Visions, this film night will provide a fresh perspective on the horrors that are taking place in modern day Chechnya.
To support the communities that are currently being persecuted in Russia and the Ukraine, all ticket sales will be donated to Gay Alliance Ukraine and the Russian LGBT Network, who provide assistance to those persecuted by the authorities in Chechnya.
This event will also include a FREE, lovingly made vegan/halal meal – all with a Russian theme.
Kiev Blue (dir. Heather MacDonald, Soviet Union|USA)
An extremely rare chance to see an ’80s documentary about the LGBT community in Kiev by American TV journalist Heather MacDonald – a piece which she had to subsequently supress after it aired in America.
Pyotr 495 (dir. Blake Mawson, Canada)
Set in present-day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultranationalist group bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law. But Pyotr has a dangerous secret of his own.
Headlong (dir. Nadia Bedzhanova, Russia)
A shy Russian lesbian experiences a moment of complete self-abandoment with a fellow member of her swimming team.
Ğ (dir. İsa Şahmarlı, Azerbaijan)
A piece of LGBT artist moving image from Azerbaijan that is as playful and humorous as it is charming and cute.
Dans les yeux (dir. Remi Bigot, France)
A young teenager struggles to make sense of his gay relationship in a Russian community in France as his lover seems set for greater things in life.
Victory Day (dir. Alina Rudnitskaya, Russia)
A great recent piece of documentary filmmaking that celebrates the many different faces of the LGBT community in Russia, whilst tragically foreboding the hostile intollerance that we are witnessing today.