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To Russia with Love (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Sport | TV Movie 1 July 2016
Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a law banning 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors' was passed in Russia. Gay Olympians were confronted with a tough decision: ... See full summary »

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... Herself - Narrator (voice)
... Himself - Olympic Figure Skater
... Himself - Secretary General of the United Nations
... Himself - First Openly Gay NBA Player
... Herself - Tennis Icon
Thomas Roberts ... Himself - MSNBC Host (archive footage)
Anastasia Smirnova ... Herself - Russian LGBT Rights Activist (archive footage)
Elvina Yuvakaeva ... Herself - Co-Chair, Russian Open Games
Blake Skjellerup ... Himself - Olympic Speed Skater
... Himself - Gold Medal 200M Dash, 1968 Summer Olympics (archive footage)
John Carlos ... Himself - Bronze Medal 200M Dash, 1968 Summer Olympics (archive footage)
... Himself - Editor-in-Chief, The New Yorker
Andy Humm ... Himself - Reporter, Gay City News
Tanya Domi ... Herself - Professor, Columbia University
... Himself - President of Russia (archive footage)
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Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a law banning 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors' was passed in Russia. Gay Olympians were confronted with a tough decision: whether to protest in defense of their Russian comrades or compete in silence. Featuring world medalist Johnny Weir, Billie Jean King, Greg Louganis, Martina Navratilova, Simona Meiler and others.

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В Россию с любовью  »

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Johnny Weir: It certainly made me more interested to know about people that couldn't hide in the closet. I never could. I came out of my mother with jazz hands.
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A view behind a curtain
10 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This documentary film tells the story of the LGBT activism around the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, amidst a background of scrutiny and persecution by the Russian authorities.

I was not quite prepared for the intensity of the story. Though I have read that Russia has been clamping down on LGBT rights, it is another thing to watch it being told by people affected first hand. The local young man's story, Vlad, is particularly convincing and touching. It is also great to see so many Olympic athletes speak up for their rights. The sports world can do with more positive LGBT role models. Though not much has progressed during or after the Sochi Winter Olympics, I hope things will change for the better.


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