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WATCH: Trailer unveiled for gay rights documentary secretly filmed at Russia Olympics

Nick Duffy October 10, 2014
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The first trailer has been released for a gay rights documentary secretly filmed at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

Epix documentary ‘To Russia With Love’ – which was kept secret until July – was shot without permits at the Sochi Olympics, and “examines human rights through the lens of LGBT athletes” in the run up to the Sochi games earlier this year, as outrage over Russia’s anti-gay laws grew.

The doc is fronted by gay figure skater Johnny Weir, narrated by Jane Lynch, and features Stephen Fry, alongside gay basketball star Jason Collins, snowboarders Belle Brockhoff and Simona Meiler, speed skaters Anastasia Bucsis and Blake Skjellerup, tennis legend Billie Jean King, diver Greg Louganis, and ice hockey player Charline Labonté, among others.

Filming also took place in New York, Calgary, Toronto, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The film is significant as many of the athletes who were secretly involved in filming drew criticism during the Olympics for their lack of overt protests.

Weir had said he planned to “respect the culture” of Russia, and Brockhoff indicating she would not mount a protest.

The documentary will air in the US on Epix, at 8pm on October 29. A UK broadcast date for the film is yet to be secured.

Watch clips from the film below:


Related topics: anti-gay laws, documentary, Europe, Moscow, putin, Russia, Russia, sochi olympics, Sochi Winter Olympics, Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, St Petersburg, Television, To Russia With Love, US, Vladimir Putin, Winter Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

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