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Prosecutors Summon Directors of LGBT Documentary

Published: June 19, 2014 (Issue # 1816)



  • The film 'Dyeti 404' is the latest battleground in Russia's ongoing culture war over human rights issues.
    Photo: Andrei Makhonin / Vedomosti

The directors of a documentary film about LGBT teens living in Russia have been called in for questioning by the Moscow prosecutor's office, a news report said.

Aksold Kurov and Pavel Loparev were asked to report to the capital's prosecutors on Wednesday to explain what their film was about and who was featured in it, the BBC Russian Service reported Tuesday.

The film, "Dyeti 404," or "Children 404," documents the lives of a group of LGBT teens living in Russia where a law banning the promotion of nontraditional lifestyles was passed last June.

Alexei Zhuravlyov, a duma deputy for the United Russia party and author of a draft bill submitted last September aiming to strip gay parents of their rights to raise children, spearheaded calls for the directors' summoning, website Colta.ru reported.

"Dyeti 404" had its Russian premiere in April and was picketed by members of Russia's National Liberation Movement in Moscow who claimed the film promoted a homosexual lifestyle.

The film directors told the BBC's Russian Service that they had decided to shoot the film after seeing a rise in homophobia in Russia following the adoption of the gay propaganda law last June.





 


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Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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