Olya's Love

DIRECTOR: Kirill Sakharnov

West Coast Premiere

Olya, an LGBTQ activist, is devoted to her girlfriend, Galya. But is the struggle against homophobia her true love? Olya is Moscow-born and more outspoken than Galya, a young lesbian from the provinces. Despite their differences, they intend to start a family and a life together. Much of their current life, however, is consumed by demonstrations against anti-homosexual propaganda in Russia. Alternately set on Moscow’s streets, capturing remarkable protest footage, and in the women’s home, the documentary judiciously explores the intersection of the idea of “freedom” in a couple’s public and personal lives. Premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, Olya’s Love presents a powerful account of those who fight daily against persecution in Russia and—at its core—reveals a fearless woman’s search for someone to share her life and her love.

— Will Gardner

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D314

Co-presented by:
The Council for Global Equality
National Center for Lesbian Rights

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