Waiting For Color

WAITING FOR COLOR is a documentary dance film revealing the harsh reality of LGBTQ+ persecution in the Chechen region of Russia. The contents of the film were inspired by testimonials of the arrests, torture, and blackmail that gay Chechens were subjected to throughout 2017. Through the accounts of 33 brave individuals who shared their stories, the film explores the themes of paranoia, trauma and hope.

DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER: Kosta Karakashyan

 

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & EDITOR: Kevin Chiu

 

DANCER: Kosta Karakashyan

 

COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGN: Jude Icarus

 

VOICE ACTORS: Venya Gushchin & Ksenia Voronkova

 

SOUND MIXING: Andro Mathewson

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Miles Rixon

 

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Antonia Georgieva

 

ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: Sadi Mosko

 

LOCATION SCOUT: Samantha Fruhwirth

 

PRODUCTION: STUDIO KARAKASHYAN

 

SPECIAL THANKS: Hani Abaza, Gabri Christa, Mats Ek, Lyosha Gorshkov, Ainsley Katz, Katherine Krem, Frank Spadafora, Colleen Thomas

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The film chooses dance as the primary medium in order to evoke three distinct emotions that showcase the intensity that Chechens faced: surveillance, brutality, and hopelessness. The physically-charged, abstract movement is choreographed to enhance the resonance of the spoken testimonies, offering a physical interpretation of the psychological torture that the individuals experienced.

The film is a direct response to the government anti-gay purge in Chechnya that made international news in April 2017 about the abduction, torture and extrajudicial killings of over 100 gay men in the Chechen Republic, a part of the Russian Federation. As news spread, activists tried to evacuate survivors and push the local government for accountability, admittance, and persecution of those involved in these terrible crimes against humanity. The Russian government has been stalling its investigation, refusing to come forward with anything conclusive even after reports and public testimonials of individuals who had successfully escaped were shared in the press.

The film was independently produced by Kosta Karakashyan and Studio Karakashyan, and is being released in collaboration with Single Step Foundation, a Bulgarian non-profit organization that aims to help LGBTI youth recognize, come out and affirm their sexual orientation and gender identity. The goal of the film is to maintain international attention on the situation and to highlight the important work that the Russian LGBT Network is doing in uncovering these brutal stories and protecting the individuals that came forward to share them.

RELEASED IN COLLABORATION WITH SINGLE STEP FOUNDATION