Children 404

Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev - 76''
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SYNOPSIS

In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a bill forbidding the "promotion of nontraditional sexual relations to minors." LGBT youth, now defenseless against insults and intimidation under this "gay propaganda" law, are considered sick, sinful and abnormal. Psychologists, teachers and even parents can be fined or imprisoned for supporting them.

Forty-five Russian teens and tweens share their stories through anonymous interviews and video diaries. They detail their humiliations and discriminations, as well as their courageous stands against bullies. Their testimonies are collected online as the Children 404 project, named after the common "error 404 - page not found" web message. The support group's founder struggles within the system to bring public attention and empathy to the victims of this government-endorsed hate, while activist Pasha decides he must leave his homeland altogether if he hopes to find a boyfriend and lead a normal life.

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CATEGORY

#letthembechildren

CAST

DIRECTOR:
Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev
PRODUCER:
Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev
EDITOR:
Lena Rem, Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev

INFORMATION

Country:
Russia
Year:
2014

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Duration:
76' min