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Khavaj, an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter from Chechnya, is on the run from his family, his country and himself. His homosexuality assures his death back home, while the threat of persecution and the shock of exile have caused Khavaj to go mute. Now in Belgium, Khavaj lives his life alone and underground, moving from hotel to hotel and linked to his homeland only through audio messages sent by his mother. Reka Valerik’s film follows Khavaj as he lives in the shadows, training only in secret with a friend. As Khavaj struggles to regain his voice, he must battle with his own identity and confront the pain of his exile to survive. -KE

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    51 minutes
  • Country
    France, Belgium
  • Director
    Reka Valerik
  • Producer
    David Hurst
  • Co-Producer
    Anne-Laure Guégan and Géraldine Sprimont
  • Editor
    Jeanne Oberson
  • Sound Design
    Hélène Clerc Denizot