"...nothing more futile than wanting to be anything other than what I am by nature." - From a letter to brother Anatoly Tchaikovsky, 25 February 1878.
The Tchaikovsky Syndrome is a documentary film about the recent rise of homophobia in Russia, the current Anti-Gay Propaganda Law signed by Vladimir Putin, and a range of new anti-gay laws that are currently being proposed by the Russian government. (Currently there is a law on the table that will take children away from same-sex parents.) These laws are scapegoat legislation. Their true purpose is to distract the public from the true economic and social challenges in Russia.
Why make this film?
When human rights are violated anywhere in the world today, it affects us all. Russia is a "developed" nation that for years has kept its human and civil rights violations shrouded behind governmental misdirection. Emboldened by the lack of attention the world paid to it's rampant xenophobia, culminating into the Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill, it signed several laws aimed directly at its gay population. One such law prevents the adoption of Russian children by same-sex parents, and any parents from nations that allow same-sex marriages. Putin also signed a law that allows the imprisonment of gay foreigners who exhibit support for gay rights and another that defines gay "propaganda" as pornography. Those who have escaped Russia have told horrific stories of threats, abuses, and assaults from friends, neighbors and even authorities.
(Riot police detain an anti-gay protester during an authorized gay rights rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.)
These are the stories of gay Russian men and women who live under this regime and their struggle to free themselves from a nation that makes their very existence illegal. We intend to bring out the political, historical, and social background that is at the heart of Russia's gay hate.The gay rights issue of Russia today is a civil rights issue that is just as important, as the any other throughout history. If we turn a blind eye to what is happening there, we condone it.
(Urinotherapy: Common practice during Neo-Nazi assaults to force their victims to drink urine.)
By documenting what is happening to gays in Russia, little by little we can put enough pressure on Putin's government to stop persecuting its own citizens based on their sexual orientation. Or, at the very least urge them to stop the infectious spread of vigilantism and violence against gay men and women.
Funds raised will pay for video and audio equipment, travel, initial stages of film production (and trailer production), web site development and the expenses for a few of our interviewees who have difficulty meeting with us safely and/or on location.
How can I make this happen?
Help us to raise $45,000 (and ideally a great deal more) by giving whatever you can afford. Every single penny is appreciated and will help enormously.
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Because of the nature of this documentary and the safety of our subjects and our crew must remain anonymous until much of the filming has completed. We appreciate your understanding.