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The People's Film Club presents:

Paragraph 175

CHECHNYA LGBT FUNDRAISER

Director: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 2000, 81 minutes, Cert: 15

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Wed 31 May // 18:15

Tickets: £5 suggested donation

All profits from this special screening will be donated to the Russian LGBT network.

Paragraph 175 was a provision of the German Criminal Code which made homosexual acts a crime. Between 1933-1945 approximately 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality in Nazi Germany, half of whom were imprisoned. An estimated 10,000 - 15,000 were sent to concentration camps, and by 1945 only 4,000 survived. 72 years later and hundreds of gay men are still being imprisoned today in Chechnya, Russia. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Chechnya continue to suffer forced detention, torture and even murder by the Chechen state, all on the basis of their sexuality.

Oscar winners for THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman's multi award-winning film reveals the lasting consequences of this hidden chapter of 20th century history. The stories of the handful of Holocaust survivors, tortured by their memories, yet infused with a powerful will to go on living, are sometimes bitter, but just as often filled with irony and humour. Their moving testimonies, rendered with evocative images of their lives and times, tell a haunting, compelling story of human resistance. Intimate in its portrayals, sweeping in its implications, PARAGRAPH 175 raises provocative questions about memory, history and identity.

Advance tickets are not available for this screening. We will be taking cash donations on the door.

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