Short film ‘Unchechen’ examines the abduction, torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya: VIDEO
A new short film by Inkbrew Productions examines the abduction, torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya.
Victims of Chechnya’s ongoing persecution of gay men are revealing details of the horrific abuse they have received in the country’s six known concentration camps.
Despite the testimony of a number of men who have managed to flee Chechnya, the country’s president Ramzan Kadyrov (right) has denied that the abductions, torture and murder of gay men is taking place.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Kadyrov to discuss the issue and has not pressed Kadyrov for further details. There is little doubt that the reports coming from Chechnya are true and the international community has demanded action from Putin.
Inkbrew’s Unchechen tells the story of the entrapment and interrogation of Khamzat, a public servant who works on the census.
Take Back, a theatre collective led by Julie Hesmondhalgh, commissioned a stage version of Unchechen which was performed at Contact, Manchester in May 2017. The response to the piece was so strong that it created a momentum to film the piece, in order for it to reach a much wider audience. Stephen M Hornby, the original writer, adapted it for screen and recruited Inkbrew Productions and Digital Stage to make the film. Dean Gregory (Hamlet, Royal Exchange Manchester) and Martin Green (Green Room Creative Productions) play the lead roles.
Alex Markham, Director digitalSTAGE, said: “I’m sickened by what’s happening in Chechnya, but, like a lot of people, I felt impotent. I wanted to do something immediate and practical to offer solidarity. I hope this film will get people donating to help some more of these men get to safety.”
Stephen M Hornby, writer and director of “Unchechen”, said: “The State organised extermination of gay men in Chechnya is a horrific ghost from World War Two. But it’s real. The men fleeing from it are too terrified to go on camera, and so I wanted to try to fill the silence with something that attempts to make this crisis real and human.
“This is an emotional story to connect people to what’s happening and hopefully stimulate a response.”
Watch the short film Unchechen below.