Voice Winter Film Festival: WAITING FOR COLOR

Watch WAITING FOR COLOR by Kosta Karakashyan

WAITING FOR COLOR is a documentary dance film revealing the harsh reality of LGBTQ+ persecution in the Chechen region of Russia. The contents of the film were inspired by testimonials of the arrests, torture, and blackmail that gay Chechens were subjected to throughout 2017. Through the accounts of 33 brave individuals who shared their stories, the film explores the themes of paranoia, trauma, and hope.

About the filmmaker

3d8d580b027c2d653cb3c175cb2d47180cffb153.jpegKosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian-Armenian director, choreographer, performer, and writer exploring empathy through movement and storytelling. His work has been described as "an important voice for LGBTQ+ struggles in Chechnya and elsewhere" by The Columbia Spectator. A two-time Bulgarian National Ballroom Champion, Kosta has performed and choreographed on Dancing with the Stars Vietnam, Bulgaria's Got Talent, and across Canada, Germany, Norway, Egypt, Vietnam, and Japan. He graduated with a BA in Dance from Columbia University and a Master's in Human Rights from the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice, Italy. Kosta has worked with artists such as Rita Ora, Years and Years, Sherihan, and Preyah, directors Jonathan Alric, Manu Cossu, and Will Hopper, and commercial clients Kohler, Method, Calvin Klein, EE, H&M, Studio Zard, Florsheim and SRB Paris. His documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in Chechnya was awarded the Prix Lumière at Cinédanse Festival Ottawa 2019 and has been selected at over 20 festivals worldwide and featured by The Guardian, Elle Magazine, Bloomberg, them, GLAAD, and Radio Free Europe.

Find out more about Kosta Karakashyan here


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