East/West - Sex & Politics
is a movie starring
Nicolai Alekseev, Volker Beck, and Evgenia Debrianskaya.
Both in 2006 and 2007, the Gay Pride Parade attempts in Moscow are violently beaten down. For many observers, the attitude towards the sexual minorities seems to be the litmus test of the ...
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Both in 2006 and 2007, the Gay Pride Parade attempts in Moscow are violently beaten down. For many observers, the attitude towards the sexual minorities seems to be the litmus test of the state of democracy in Russia. In January 2007, for the first time in Russian history, a Russian leader, president Vladimir Putin mentions the situation of the LGBT community: He won't criticize the politics of Moscow mayor Yuri Lushkov, who forbid the event, but he is concerned about the demographic future of the country. And Putins opinion seems to be repeated by the right wing contra demonstrators on the streets. The film shows both the organizers of the Pride events and also the survival strategies of the majority Russian lesbians and gays, to whom the fight for democracy on the streets doesn't seem to be an attractive alternative.Written by
At one stage in this film, somebody jokes that in Russia, nobody cares if you're gay or lesbian or straight - the only thing that matters is oil and money. But belying this is the soon apparent truth that while some in the Russian gay community are willing to live quietly in the shadows of clubs and bars, the few prepared to organise a gay pride march through the streets of Moscow are condemned, arrested, punched and spat at.
Modern Russia, like modern China, is a country that has had to adapt quickly to changing global economics. But a strong economy and aggressive government don't disguise the fact that much of Russia seems to have been reluctantly dragged into the human-rights-for-all-yes-even-gays 21st century. This, along with an ambitious orthodox church, and blatant police disregard for law are just some of the difficulties faced by the marchers, led by organiser Nicolai Alekseev.
Through footage of the marches, and personal interviews with the people involved, this film sets about showing the already-free gay communities of Europe and the US just how much work is still required in parts of the world to achieve equal rights for all.
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