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International Documentary Competition

A WORM IN THE HEART

Year 2020
Runtime 72 mins
Language Russian, English
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere
Streaming Information
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In Canada and much of the west, it's easy to pat ourselves on the back regarding the advances made in the pursuit of equal rights for the LGBTQ2+ community. A WORM IN THE HEART follows queer Irish filmmaker Paul Rice and his boyfriend Liam, as they go under-cover, armed only with two cameras, to meet with the many heroic members of the LGBTQ2+ community in Russia who risk their lives living authentically under oppressive laws and prejudices.

Shot in six cities along the Trans-Siberian railway and utilizing intimate interviews about current Russian life, this documentary features deeply personal and moving accounts from activists and non-activists alike. A never before seen collection of emotionally driven stories captured on their journey that poignantly document the current state of the Russian LGBTQ2+ community.

Countries

United States
Festivals
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020
Director
Paul Rice
Executive Producer
Liam Jackson Montgomery, Hilary Coate
Producer
Paul Rice, Sasha White
Screenwriter
Paul Rice
Cinematographer
Paul Rice
Editor
Leah Turner
Music
Jack Colleran
Cast
Liam Jackson Montgomery, Igor Kocketkov, Peter Tatchell, Yael Demedetskaya