Leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a law banning the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors” – which could potentially be enforced against any LGBT person if they “flaunted” their status – was enacted in Russia. Human rights activists and LGBT people involved in the Games contemplated what to do about the situation. To Russia with Love documents their responses and reactions, speaking to a variety of contributors, including current and former Olympians and local LGBT campaigners.
Following the screening of the film there will be a discussion looking at the forthcoming FIFA Men's Football World Cup in Russia. With 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar, does this mean that LGBTIQ fans are effectively locked out of the world cup for over 10 years? What should the response of the international community be? And how can we use major sports events to change attitudes, policies and law?
This film is showing as part of the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) 2016 and is a collaboration between SQIFF, the Abertay University LGBT Society, Allsorts in Dundee and LEAP Sports Scotland.
ACCESS: Hannah Maclure Centre is accessible for people using wheelchairs. There are accessible toilets next to the screening space. Please contact the venue for more details in the meantime on 01382 308324. Film screening with subtitles/captions for D/deaf and hard of hearing access. If you would like to attend and require BSL interpretation for the discussion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week in advance.