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.

Impact

The film Silent Voice follows the story of a young man who was forced to flee Chechnya because he is gay. The trauma of his forced escape was reflected in the loss of his voice. The persecution that people of different sexual orientations face in this autonomous republic of the Russian Federation is an open secret. The #EyesOnChechnya campaign, organised by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, is defending against this violation of human rights. By spreading awareness of the difficult situation in Chechnya, whether in regular conversation or on social networks, the issue comes to light. You can also contribute financially to the campaign and the fight for the rights of LGBTQ groups.

About the film

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

Language: English, French, Chechen

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

Czech premiere

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Category

Russian Standard

Director

Reka Valerik

Filmography
2020 - Silent Voice

Reka  Valerik

Screenings

19. 05. 14:00 Jeden svět živě: Stream
DiscussionDavid Hurst, producer
Veronika Lapina, activist, Russian LGBT Network

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