It takes guts to range against the institutionalized homophobia in Russia. When President Putin signed the law that forbids spreading “propaganda” for “non-traditional sexual relationships” to underaged, citizens got practically a state permission to ostracize LGTB people. Teachers and nurses have been fined for supporting teenagers belonging to sexual minorities.
Children 404 is a web project founded by journalist Elena Klimova. The aim of the project is to give a voice and peer support to teenagers in sexual minorities. At the page young people share anonymously their stories and video diaries about the hatred and discrimination they have encountered. The documentary is shot in a straightforward style with a hand-held camera, and the front stage is given to young people’s images and experiences. As Children 404 did not pass the authorities’ inspection in Russia, it was “screened” in a Russian documentary film festival Delai Film by handing the film out to the audience on USB sticks.
Text: Niina Rapo / Translation: Katri Tenhola
- Director: Pavel Loparev, Askold Kurov
- Country: Russia
- Year: 2014
- Length: 70
- Age limit: null
- Cinematography: Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev
- Editing: Lena Rem, Pavel Loparev, Askold Kurov
- Production: Pavel Loparev, Askold Kurov
- Cinema Artis hall 1: Saturday 31.01 - 14:00