Children 404

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Children 404 (Deti 404)

Directed by Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev

  • Russia 2014; 70 min
  • Original version: Russian
  • Genre: Documentary

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Synopsis

Putin’s new law that forbids „propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors“ hits millions of gay/lesbian youngsters in Russia. Parents and friends of gay kids now are obliged to tell them they are sick, sinful and abnormal. These teens have no forum, find no help in Russia, you won‘t even find them on the internet: Error 404.

Director's Statement

Currently there are about 2.5 million LGBT children and teenagers in Russia. In June of 2013 Vladimir Putin signed into law a new bill that forbids “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”. LGBT young people are now defenseless because of this "gay propaganda" law. It is now forbidden to tell them that they are healthy and not sick, sinful, or abnormal. Psychologists, teachers, and even parents could be fined or imprisoned for supporting LGBT young people. These LGBT young people are now being bullied and harassed even worse than ever before by peers, teachers, and parents in school and out. This climate of anti-LGBT violence and harassment is permissible because of Putin’s anti-gay propaganda law.

Production

  • PAVEL LOPAREV AND ASKOLD KUROV

     

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