‘I Am Michael’ To Defy Anti-Gay Law And Screen In Russia
'I Am Michael' To Defy Anti-Gay Law And Screen In Russia
The U.S. Embassy-sponsored Amfest — which screens American cinema each September for Moscow and St. Petersburg audiences — has announced a controversial late addition to its lineup: Justin Kelly’s "I Am Michael," effectively defying Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Promotion of a "gay lifestyle" or other "gay propaganda" to minors is illegal in Russia, and "Michael" tells the true story of a gay activist (James Franco) who turns to Christianity and becomes an "ex-gay."
Amfest runs September 16-27.