Today’s film is Welcome to Chechnya, a powerful new documentary about the danger facing the LGBTQ+ community in that part of the world. The film details what’s going on there and follows a group of activists as they work to rescue people from the country. Welcome to Chechnya is streaming now on HBO Max.
My guest is filmmaker (and my childhood best friend!) Dyar Bentz. He fills us in on his exciting new documentary project Pedal South before we dig into today’s film.
Read a full episode transcript by clicking here
- Teaser for Dyar’s film Pedal South
- Articles about Welcome to Chechnya
- How Hidden Cameras Captured a Daring Rescue in ‘Welcome to Chechnya’
- Digital Disguise: ‘Welcome to Chechnya’’s Face Veil Is a Game Changer in Identity Protection | International Documentary Association
- Sundance 2020: How VFX Saved ‘Welcome to Chechnya’–Exclusive | IndieWire
- ‘Welcome To Chechnya’ Director David France Talks LGBTQ Docu – Deadline
- Salt Lake Tribune review
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