Georgian far right threatens home premiere of hit gay movie

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11/06/2019

After winning accolades abroad, a Georgian movie about gay love is drawing threats at home, with far-right groups threatening to block Friday’s premiere in the conservative Caucasian nation. “And Then We Danced”, a joint Swedish, Georgian and French production, tells the story of Merab, a young dancer with a traditional Georgian ballet company who falls in love with fellow dancer and rival Irakli. “The film is about finding your own place in a culture that doesn’t want to accept you,” director Levan Akin told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone, describing the picture as a “love letter” to Georgia and its traditions. “It is absurd that people who bought tickets need to be brave and risk getting harassed or even assaulted just for going to see a film,” the 39-year-old who was born in Sweden to parents of Georgian descent added in a social media post.

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