Thursday 24 October 2019
11 October 2019
Showing Russian Transgenders 'Not Like Freaks:' The Making Of Current Time's Form #087 Mini-Series
Current Time TV's Form #087 mini-series on the lives of transgender Russians has been nominated for Best Representation on Screen at the 2019 Content Innovation Awards on October 13. In this interview, series creator Yekaterina Ponomaryova, a Russian documentary filmmaker, explains how she came up with the idea for the series and why, despite pervasive negative stereotypes, tolerance toward transgenders runs strongest in Russia's provinces.
11 October 2019
Defying Stereotypes: Ukraine’s Modeling Agency For The Disabled
Ukraine’s first modeling agency for the disabled hopes to make wheelchairs as acceptable as stilettos on local catwalks. In a country that, until recently, officially termed the disabled "invalids," that could prove a challenge. But 27 aspiring models in the city of Kharkiv are ready to take that challenge on.
08 October 2019
Dying To Keep A Language Alive: Scholar's Suicide Shakes Udmurtia
Albert Razin, a scholar and activist in the Russian region of Udmurtia, set himself on fire in front of the local parliament building in September and died shortly afterwards. His death was a final act of protest in defense of the Udmurt language, which he believed was threatened by recent legislation from Moscow.
26 August 2019
A League Of Their Own: Women's Soccer Kicks Off In Rural Kyrgyzstan
Women’s soccer has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years and, now, women in the Kyrgyz village of Kok-Tash, just north of the Uzbek border, are getting the chance to go after some goals, too. Kyrgyzstan’s Women’s Football Federation encourages young girls to play soccer, but, in rural areas, where women’s roles often center around the home, adult female soccer players are far from the norm -- at least, for now.
09 August 2019
Form #087: Aleksandra Selyaninova
In Soviet times, Aleksandra Selyaninova worked for 16 years within the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ regional offices. When she retired in 1989, she made another change as well: She changed her sex, becoming a woman. "I took off my uniform and put on a dress," she says with a laugh. (Filmmaker: Yekaterina Ponomaryova)
29 July 2019
'You Look Asian': Russian Activist Seeks Justice For Racial Profiling
Aleksandr Kim, a Russian rights activist, intervened when he saw Moscow police stopping migrants for identity checks and refused to comply when officers demanded his documents based solely on his appearance. Kim hopes to to shed light on police officers' use of racial profiling.
01 July 2019
'If Not Now, When?' LGBT Movement Gains Momentum In Kyrgyzstan
This spring, a march in Bishkek marked International Women's Day by calling for equality for all -- including LGBT people. Members of the LGBT community say it marked a turning point in the fight for equal rights in Kyrgyzstan, but they describe ongoing battles with threats and job discrimination.
04 June 2019
The Dukhobors, Georgia's Pacifist 'Spirit Warriors'
In Georgia, members of a small Christian sect called the Dukhobors preserve the faith they brought with them from Russia in centuries past. Their forebears were persecuted and exiled for their unconventional beliefs and refusal to serve in the army.