© Sputnik / Alex Shlamov. The protest against the showing of the premiere of the film “And then we danced” in Tbilisi
Two Transcaucasian republics simultaneously reeling from the forefront of sexuality.In Georgia, activists said protests the premiere of the first gay drama on Georgian folk dances. Preliminary results: one broken police car, raskulachennykh pair of glasses, one victim girl.
In Armenia, the Prime Minister had to explain to their local activists about the state funding for a film about weightlifter-the transgender. Has done without victims. But the picture itself is still there, so everything is ahead.What’s curious to us.First, the Director (also the writer) Georgian gay-drama — Swede, though of Georgian origin. And the movie he was filming, of course, on Western money and Western audience.
It would be quite dear Western genre. Any author with exotic roots, writing a book or making a movie about how in his distant native land hard in obscurantist traditional society oppressed (necessary to inscribe). A typical example is the book of American Hosseini, taken in childhood from Afghanistan, two freedom-loving women a bad husband. The book became a bestseller in 2007, as he denounced the inhumanity of the Taliban and ended with the happiness of the American occupation: “Kabul has changed a lot. People plant trees, paint houses, dig ditches and wells, to restore the destroyed. On every corner of the music: rubab and tabla, the dutar and the accordion”. Now, fifteen years later, it is read without enthusiasm, well, because Afghanistan is no longer relevant.But Swedish Director Levan akin took Georgian folk dance and planted him a story about two lovers at each other the horsemen, unable to openly Express themselves in a homophobic society, and expresses his passion in the dance.
The movie successfully showed in Cannes. And the Director managed to accuse the Georgian homophobia including Russia and the Soviet Union: “Georgia was many times conquered by the Turks, the Iranians, the Russians. The Georgians have an acute need for national identity and everything they think it is threatened, — gays, for example — they reject”. We are also to blame for the fact that Georgian dance is too “toxic-masculine”: “Originally it was more soft and pliable, but in Soviet times became more and more masculine. I think it has to do with the Communist views on homosexuality”.Well, you understand. Imperial oppression was not allowed to dispose of people, even my own body and the scars still prevent to enjoy the freedom.As for Armenia, the prototype of the heroine/hero of the biopic — the real Armenian weightlifter Meline of Daluzyan, winner of several European and world Championships. Somewhere in the early Teens she ceased to speak, and then departed for permanent residence in the Netherlands, changed gender, changed its name to Mel Daluzyan and refused Armenian citizenship. Retroactively, in 2018, in her blood at the 2012 Olympic games found doping and was disqualified. Ways for a film about her has been broken for financing the Armenian equivalent of the Russian cinema Fund, is not entirely clear. Obviously, in this sense, the Armenian creative get-together with a budget not differ from the Russian. That is, she was riddled progressive people, like some of the “Gogol-center”, and all are forced to suffer under the yoke of the state and its money, sometimes dragging partisan LGBT topics, Packed, for example, “sports drama”.
…And now — the most interesting.Now in the post-socialist republics one of the most painful problems is the clash between adherents of national values with the adherents of the values of advanced Western. That is to say, the battle of the shirts with the rainbow flag.The whole thing is this. Thirty years ago, when the “Pro-Moscow” government would collapse everywhere, like dominoes, the West, of course, supported those who they cut down. The main thing for him in the question “who to support” was, of course, anti-Russian and anti-Soviet orientation of the new politicians. Moreover, these anti-Soviet policy was for some tiny exceptions — ethnic national-romantics. Throughout the post-socialist space as a universal matrix introduced a simple and intuitive myth: “We (need to fit) — an ancient nation with a unique culture tainted by the oppression of the Empire. We dropped this oppression. Now revive the values, spirituality and customs of our people, and begin to live in the market having joined the family of free Nations.”
The problem arose not at once. It is worth remembering that 30 years ago, and the West itself was different. He was not overtaken by another crisis of fertility and the traditional family, Europe and America was unequivocally Christian and gay marriage is not concluded even intricate in the Netherlands. Regarding socialism, there was also full consensus: the free market good, government intervention is evil. If the leaders of the Democratic party 1989, listened to the modern debate of candidates in US presidents from their own party, they would have remained in the firm conviction that in the cold war to the end of 2019 defeats Soviet Union. “What was that? To cannibalize a large Corporation? To make billionaires ever? Free education and medicine? The leftist Bernie Sanders is the presidential candidate from our party? You say he’s not the left? Yes, you are agents of the Kremlin — one and all”. All this was simply unthinkable.In General, three decades ago, neither Washington nor Brussels have not seen the problems that replaced Communist ideology in post-socialist countries come to the ideology, so to speak, archaic-rural. Dressed in shirts/cloaks/chapans, intuitively dislike all the “city” (it is no coincidence that the number of new national democracies in the rest of the Soviet industry didn’t just collapse and gouging with triumphant shouts of “we’ll win the Imperial monster, destroy our environment”. The West did not interfere: first, self-destruct competitors, and secondly, additionally rushed the production chain, connecting the Republic with Russia).However, as time went on. Views in the West have experienced dramatic and rapid scrapping. Political correctness appeared as a simple means of removing contradictions in the disparate societies was itself an ideology, and quite totalitarian. Proved itself, feminism, activists, sexual minorities and University leftism, it imperceptibly permeated elite and now dictates hundreds of millions of inhabitants of the free world, what and how to tell them who to protect and what to shoot. To watch the mutation of the West even more exciting, what if, say, the left will defeat the populists in the United States and Britain in a few years Russia major Western mediapulse will be to shoot not for what we damn commies, but for the fact that we are capitalist pigs….Well. While all this was happening, Eastern Europe and consigning to it the country fell into a kind of hole in time, the value of the beginning of XX century. They mostly continued to be the conscience of the anti-Russian — but eventually it was no longer enough.And, for example, strongly Pro-American, Pro-NATO and Pro-European Georgia started making new demands. That is reforge already. Finally to tie this hidebound traditionalism and let the actual values.And the farther, the worse it works excuse “we have a complicated and unique situation, the heavy legacy of Soviet-Russian imperialism, we are not ready yet, give us a little more time”. Time the West especially. Western regional see traditionalism here and there goes into a confrontation with the EU and the USA. They see as the Hungarian Premier expresses sympathy to the Russian President and Turkey buys s-400 and, together with Russia, patrolling the North of Syria, where it has escaped the Americans. And increasing the pressure on those who still remained.Describing opponents of the “first Georgian LGBT film,” bi-Bi-si already calls them the ultra-right and even quoted those who declare them “fascists”.In General, Pro-Western national-democratic policies of the New Europe and “omlouvame” put in a rather awkward position. It is believed that they do not envy.
…And a few words about our country. We have, among other things, various gay and lesbian drama is also removable. They are also about the difficult fate of the minorities in our insensitive society. They also go to Western festivals and like even get some prizes.Simply we are almost no one is watching. Because in addition to integrated into the international elite (that is securely isolated from their own country) creative crowd — we have over the last twenty years was formed and a layer of those who work for the Russian public.They have not yet so much. They can present a lot of fair complaints. But a good one: they are not missionaries in foreign ideologies, who could care less about the realities of the treated country. Their customer, the censor and the employer is, in fact, Russian society.For that, we in the advanced world, it is necessary to think separately separately do not like and will punish any sanctions.Victor Marakhovskii