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East/West Sex and Politics

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Summary
How does one build a movement for minority rights - especially gay rights - in a country without a democratic tradition? Moscow activist Nikolai Alekseev's crusade is made all the more difficult by the forces arrayed against him, from narrow-focus neo-nationalists to Mayor Luzhkov and Prime Minister Putin; from vehement, violent homophobes to the Russian Orthodox Church. Even the publisher of Russia's lone gay magazine, KWIR, opposes Alekseev's Gay Pride campaign. "It makes our life much tougher," he explains, "and we don't see any profits out of this parade.". Jochen Hick's slyly constructed documentary gradually reveals the contradictory nature of queer life in Moscow in the late aughts. A thriving gay dance-club scene and a public park where lesbians kibitz and kiss indicate a small subculture that's generally tolerated. But gay bashings and firings without cause are sufficiently prevalent to keep most people in the closet to everyone outside their circle of friends. One consequence is that publicized, organized marches are less effective at drawing crowds of gays and lesbians than attracting haters of all stripes.. This sobering film introduces us to an intriguing cross-section of Moscow's queers, including veteran activist Evgeniya Debryanskaya and performance artist Ahasver. Ranging from flamboyant to shyly defiant, they evince tenderness, style, humor and, above all, a boatload of courage..
Release Date
2008
Run Time
96 min.
Language
In English
Notes
  • In Process Record.
  • Title from title frames.
  • Film
Published
Frameline, 2008.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Frameline in 2008.
Publisher no.
1181050 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file) (96 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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