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Russia: Film about gay love approved by culture ministry and awarded two prizes despite anti-gay laws

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  1. So do I understand this?

    A film about gay love, approved by the Putin dictatorship but only available to watch for a tiny number of Russians, wants to be entered in European film festivals?

    That sounds like Russian propaganda to me.

    No European film festoval should show this movie until it is freely available to a Russian ausience.

    Otherwise it only serves to pretend that Russia is not a fascist hellhole.

  2. This just gets more ridiculous by the day; everybody knows the best propaganda is films! Look how many war films Hollywood has made and look at how American’s think of WW2 now… coincidence?

    Ya don’t want your kids turning gay so you “ban” the “promotion” of all things gay to under 18s and take them away from parents but thank god children are never influenced by movies…………..???

  3. What a werid, schizophrenic place Russia has become. Is it just possible that anti-gay laws have been intorduced to bring the gay rights issue to a head … so that Putin can begin to address the vile attitudes of ‘the old guard’, especially in the face of international pressure over the Sochi Games? Conspiracy theorist? Moi?

  4. Helge Vladimir Tiller 13 Sep 2013, 1:53pm

    A reminder to those who watch everything concerning LGBTQ-life in Russia with one eye closed. ( Thank You, PinkNews ! )

    1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 13 Sep 2013, 2:38pm

      It is a beginning- it is a beginning. One can’t read a book starting with the end. Gay people must appreciate incidents like this. I do.

  5. Christopher Kay 13 Sep 2013, 5:40pm

    It’s called зимний путь by the way. “Winter Journey” not “A Winter’s Journey”.

  6. Derek Williams 13 Sep 2013, 5:54pm

    The stumbling block is, the whole of Russia believes homosexuality is caused by propaganda and now this has been made official by the new law.

    With that Neanderthal level of comprehension, I presume that their Science classes teach children the age of Universe is the Biblical 6,000 years.

  7. If you read the article you’ll see that this film is very unlikely to be seen by Russian people. It won’t be aired on TV. It won’t be in the local multiplex. It will be shown to a very small number of Russian people in 2 minor Russian film festivals before getting exported to foreign film festivals to pretend that Russia is not that bad for gay people.

    I suppose it’s good that this film is semi-sponsored by Putin’s regime as it may indicate that they are understanding how damaging Russia’s homophobic laws are to Russia’s image abroad. .

    1. It’s more likely that the authorities let this one go in an attempt to stop people complaining about how hostile they are to gay people.
      If us in ‘the west’ wasn’t complaining like we are, they would quite likely have not approved it.

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