Online screening of movie “Silent Voice” and discussion with the producer David Hurst and Veronika Lapina from Russian LGBT Network, will be part of the festival “One World 2021”.
Silent Voice / Reka Valerik / France, Belgium 2020 / 51 min / English friendly – Khavaj was one of the most promising mixed martial arts fighters in his native Chechnya. When his brother learned that Khavaj was gay he threatened to kill him, and he meant it seriously. After this experience, Khavaj became mute. He managed to flee to Belgium, where he learned to speak again with the help of a non-profit organisation, and applied for refugee status. He therefore finds himself on the difficult path of a person who needs to break away from his past in order to have a future. Although the camera does not reveal Khavaj’s face, it deftly conveys the physical experience of his life’s struggle.