Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Max Bomer, published by HBO in 2014 - English narration

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Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia Deeply disturbing, HBO’s “Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia” documents elaborate harassment campaigns conducted by vigilante groups, with one member proudly calling his country “Hell for homosexuals.” Stoked by a mix of ignorance and religion, director Ben Steele’s film goes beyond Russia’s controversial anti-gay “propaganda” law to expose grass-roots violence creating a “climate of fear” toward which authorities appear at best indifferent. Homophobia obviously isn’t confined to Russia, but the extent of that hostility, and these efforts to harm and humiliate gays, are captured with unflinching candor. Homosexuality was legalized in Russia 21 years ago, but gay people in the country have yet to win mainstream acceptance. In fact, attitudes in Russia appear to be moving backwards. With jobs and relationships at risk if their sexual orientation is exposed, most gay Russians remain closeted. As one gay man who lost sight in one eye during a recent unprovoked attack says ruefully, “Hunting season is open…and we are the hunted.”


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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 3174 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778 (16:9)
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Audio Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio English
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps VBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 50mins
  • Framerate: 29.971 FPS
  • Number of Parts: 1
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1.08 GB
  • Source: HDTV
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