Silent Voice

FESTIVALS:

*IDFA - Mid-Length Competition

AWARDS:

*Best Mid-Length Documentary Award - HOTDOCS,TORONTO
JURY STATEMENT:
“For its sensitive use of cinema to convey an act of healing from extreme sexual violence, the jury bestows the award to Silent Voice. The filmmaker delivers a powerful depiction of forced migration—both from a country and a family—and horrific discrimination, with an observational lens that intrudes into a private space with intelligence and care.”

* Prix du Jury au Festival du cinéma de Brive, Rencontres internationales du moyen métrage


Silent Voice

Category |Current Affairs, Human Interest, Human Rights, LGBT, Migration, Sexuality, Social Issues
Year | 2020
Country | France - Belgium
Running time | 51’
Format | 4K
Production | Dublin Films, Need Productions
Director | Reka Valerik


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 exil, 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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