Tonight, HBO aired the 49-minute Channel 4 documentary “Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia” , previously aired on UK Channel 4 (in the “Dispatches” series) in February 2014 and even available on YouTube for a short while. I had reviewed the earlier airing on my TV blog here. HBO’s main link is here.
The documentary explains how the Russian anti-gay propaganda law has been taken as excusing or even incentivizing anti-gay violence against gay people from vigilante groups. The film emphasizes the effect of a false “mainstream” belief in Russia that homosexuality equates to pedophilia.
But one married man in St. Petersburg, Tibor, runs an anti-gay organization and says that when you become a father and hold your father, you do everything you can to protect his future. This sounds like more than the trite idea of pedophilia; it sounds like he believes that gays would dissuade his own children from giving him as many grandchildren, a belief that Putin supports.
There is also an ABC Nightline film “Moscow Is Burning” about vigilante attacks against the now-closed Central Station in Moscow.
Reel Affirmations and HRC will show “Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda” Oct. 14, 2014 in Washington DC, link.
Update: Oct. 14. I attended the showing and the full review is here.
Here are a few videos from the QA
as well as (2)
and (4) (kids who grow up in Russian immigrants become criminals)
and (6) (how ISIS recruits in Britain — bullied youths)
(Published Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM EDT.)
Note: The source is Britain’s Channel 4, which, though associated with the UK government, is not the same thing as the BBC.