Silent Voice

  • Reka Valerik
  • France, Belgium
  • 2020
  • 51 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
Khavaj, a young MMA (Mixed martial art) fighter, fled Chechnya when his brother discovered his homosexuality and promised to kill him, under the persecution of Kadyrov’s regime. In Brussels, facing the shock of exil, he is struck by mutism. The only link that he keeps with Chechnya are the vocal messages that his mother sends him.
The film traces Khavaj’s first months in Belgium. Forced to live in total anonymity to escape the Chechnyan diaspora, he will try to build a new identity.

Credits

Director
Reka Valerik
Production
David Hurst for Dublin Films
Co-production
Anne-Laure Guégan for Need Production

Contact

World Sales
CAT&Docs
Festival Handling
Maëlle Guenegues for CAT&Docs

More information

Available versions
DCP, color
Spoken languages
English
Chechen
French

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IDFA history

2020
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

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