Silent Voice

(Silent Voice)

Young Khavaj fled the torture and death threats he experienced in Chechnya because of his sexual orientation. He is now trying to find not only himself, but also his voice in Belgium, after his trauma rendered him mute.

Khavaj was one of the most promising mixed martial arts fighters in his native Chechnya. When his brother learned that Khavaj was gay he threatened to kill him, and he meant it seriously. After this experience, Khavaj became mute. He managed to flee to Belgium, where he learned to speak again with the help of a non-profit organisation, and applied for refugee status. He therefore finds himself on the difficult path of a person who needs to break away from his past in order to have a future. Although the camera does not reveal Khavaj's face, it deftly conveys the physical experience of his life's struggle.

About the film

Director: Reka Valerik
France, Belgium
2020 | 51 min.

Language: English, French, Chechen

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

Category

Russian Standard

Director

Reka Valerik

Filmography
2020 - Silent Voice

Reka  Valerik

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