Virtual Conversation with David France

Date(s) - 07/28/2020
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Virtual Event Only



Join the Woodstock Film Festival on July 28th at 7pm EST in collaboration with the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center for an online talk with Academy-Award nominated filmmaker David France about his new documentary WELCOME TO CHECHNYA. The conversation will be moderated by Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director of the International Documentary Association.

The film is now available to stream on HBO.

This online event, originally slated for a live in person screening and Q&A back in the spring, was generously underwritten by Mulberry & Astor.


Since 2017, Chechnya’s tyrannical leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has waged a depraved operation to “cleanse the blood” of LGBTQ Chechens, overseeing a government-directed campaign to detain, torture and execute them. With no help from the Kremlin and only faint global condemnation, activists take matters into their own hands. In his new documentary, David France uses a remarkable approach to anonymity to expose this atrocity and to tell the story of an extraordinary group of people confronting evil.


David France is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, New York Times best-selling author, and award-winning investigative journalist. His critically-acclaimed new documentary, WELCOME TO CHECHNYA, premiered at Sundance 2020 and is now streaming on HBO.

His directorial debut HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is hailed as an innovative and influential piece of storytelling that is credited with renewing a conversation about AIDS in the United States. It is regularly screened in university classrooms, and by community groups and AIDS service organizations. Appearing on over 20 “Best of the Year” lists, including Time and Entertainment Weekly, the documentary earned a GLAAD Award and top honors from the Gotham Awards, the International Documentary Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the Provincetown Film Festival, among many others. After a theatrical run reaching over 30 cities, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE was aired on PBS’s Independent Lens series, reaching an audience of millions and garnering Academy and Emmy nominations and a Peabody Award.

In addition, France has seen his journalistic work inspire several films, including the Peabody-winning Showtime film SOLDIER’S GIRL, based on his New York Times Magazine story of the trans girlfriend of a soldier killed in an anti-gay attack. His latest book, also called How to Survive a Plague made numerous Best-Of- 2016 lists, including The New Yorker, The Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times.

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