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Project of the Day: A Doc About the Anti-LGBT Legal Climate in Russia

By Indiewire | Indiewire October 17, 2013 at 5:05PM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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POTD: Children 404

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Children 404"

Tweetable Logline: 

The documentary "Children 404" is an opportunity for LGBT young people to cease being invisible by telling their stories in their own words.

Elevator Pitch:

In the Fall of 2013 a Russian documentary filmmaker contacted LGBTQ activists and filmmakers from Canada with whom they had worked with in previous years. They requested help to fund a film that they believe desperately needs to be made: a documentary by Russian LGBTQ people about the impact of the recent anti-gay propaganda law on LGBTQ young people. They reached out to us because this film will be impossible to make without the financial support from the international LGBTQ community. It's on behalf of our Russian colleagues that we ask for your trust and support to fund this project.

Production Team:

Because of the legal and social climate in Russia at this time, the film makers cannot openly identify themselves.

About the Production:

There are about 2.5 million LGBT young people in Russia. In June of 2013 Putin signed into law a new bill that forbids “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.” LGBT young people are now defenseless because of this law. It's forbidden to tell them they are healthy, not sick, sinful, or abnormal. Psychologists, teachers, and parents could be fined or imprisoned for supporting LGBT young people. These LGBT young people are now being bullied worse than ever before by peers, teachers, and parents. This climate of anti-LGBT violence and harassment is permissible because of Putin’s anti-gay propaganda law.

Current Status:
In production. 

For more information and to support this project:

Indiegogo Page



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