Silent Voice

by Reka Valerik

The United Nations and the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival present: Silent Voice

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Khavaj, a young mixed martial arts fighter from Chechnya, has gone into hiding in Belgium. He’s lived in fear for his life ever since his brother found out that Khavaj is gay. Everything he’s been through has left him in such a state of shock that he’s lost his voice. With the help of a Belgian organisation that protects young men like Khavaj, he learns to speak again and tries to find his way in a new country.  We follow him closely, and witness his titanic struggle to reinvent himself.


  • Veronika Lapina, Executive Advocacy and International Litigation Advisor for the Russian LGBT Network’s North Caucasus Division
  • Dima Yared, Human Rights Officer, UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe
  • Marketa Gregorova, MEP (Greens – European Free Alliance) and Vice Chair of Euronest


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