13th Annual Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival

REEL STORIES - Silent Voice, Coded, and Open Dialogues

Expired October 25, 2021 4:00 AM
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Khavaj, a young MMA (Mixed Martial Art) fighter, fled Chechnya when his brother discovered his homosexuality and promised to kill him under the persecution of Kadyrov’s regime. In Brussels, facing the shock of exile, he is struck by mutism. The only link that he keeps with Chechnya are the vocal messages that his mother sends him. The film traces Khavaj’s first months in Belgium. Forced to live in total anonymity to escape the Cheche diaspora, he will try to build a new identity.

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  • Runtime
    51 minutes
  • Language
    English, Chechen, and French w/ English Subtitles
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  • Director
    Reka Valerik