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This film was last shown on 6 December 2023

Agniia Galdanova’s award-winning documentary follows queer artist and drag activist Gena Marvin as she plays a dangerous game with non-conformity in Putin’s Russia.

The world is one giant catwalk for intrepid 21-year-old Gena, who grew up in the Soviet-era industrial city of Magadan, built on top of an old gulag camp. She stages radical performances in supermarkets, metro stations and streets – wearing teetering heels and incredible, otherworldly homemade costumes – to bravely protest the oppression LGBTQ+ people face in Putin’s Russia. But as the conflict in Ukraine looms, and state-sanctioned intolerance grows, Gena’s lone rebellion comes at a high price.

Beautiful and atmospheric, Agniia Galdanova’s film explores and extends Gena’s inner universe, skilfully capturing the defiance and vulnerability of this young activist over the course of four years. Pitched somewhere between art and activism, documentary and science fiction, it’s a powerful reminder of the worrying regression of LGBTQ+ rights in Russia – and elsewhere across the globe – as well as the potential of individuals to presage a freer, more vibrant future.

Recorded Q&A hosted by Melanie Iredale of Reclaim The Frame in conversation with Director Agniia Galdanova. Reclaim The Frame is a film charity dedicated to championing marginalised gender filmmakers. Join the RTF mailing list here.

The screening on Wednesday 6th December will also feature an introduction by Melanie Iredale.

The screening on Wednesday 6th December will include descriptive subtitles (including the Q&A) and Audio Description (excluding the Q&A).

F-Rated: Directed by Agniia Galdanova


Agniia Galdanova
1 hour 38 minutes


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