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To Russia with Love (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Sport | TV Movie 1 July 2016
Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a law banning 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors' was passed in Russia. Gay Olympians were confronted with a tough decision: ... See full summary »


Noam Gonick


Noam Gonick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Lynch ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Johnny Weir ... Himself - Olympic Figure Skater
Ki-moon Ban ... Himself - Secretary General of the United Nations
Jason Collins ... Himself - First Openly Gay NBA Player
Martina Navratilova ... Herself - Tennis Icon
Thomas Roberts Thomas Roberts ... Himself - MSNBC Host (archive footage)
Anastasia Smirnova Anastasia Smirnova ... Herself - Russian LGBT Rights Activist (archive footage)
Elvina Yuvakaeva Elvina Yuvakaeva ... Herself - Co-Chair, Russian Open Games
Blake Skjellerup Blake Skjellerup ... Himself - Olympic Speed Skater
Tommie Smith ... Himself - Gold Medal 200M Dash, 1968 Summer Olympics (archive footage)
John Carlos John Carlos ... Himself - Bronze Medal 200M Dash, 1968 Summer Olympics (archive footage)
David Remnick ... Himself - Editor-in-Chief, The New Yorker
Andy Humm Andy Humm ... Himself - Reporter, Gay City News
Tanya Domi Tanya Domi ... Herself - Professor, Columbia University
Vladimir Putin ... Himself - President of Russia (archive footage)


Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a law banning 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors' was passed in Russia. Gay Olympians were confronted with a tough decision: whether to protest in defense of their Russian comrades or compete in silence. Featuring world medalist Johnny Weir, Billie Jean King, Greg Louganis, Martina Navratilova, Simona Meiler and others.

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English | Russian

Release Date:

1 July 2016 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

В Россию с любовью See more »


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$600,000 (estimated)
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Johnny Weir: It certainly made me more interested to know about people that couldn't hide in the closet. I never could. I came out of my mother with jazz hands.
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A view behind a curtain
10 April 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This documentary film tells the story of the LGBT activism around the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, amidst a background of scrutiny and persecution by the Russian authorities.

I was not quite prepared for the intensity of the story. Though I have read that Russia has been clamping down on LGBT rights, it is another thing to watch it being told by people affected first hand. The local young man's story, Vlad, is particularly convincing and touching. It is also great to see so many Olympic athletes speak up for their rights. The sports world can do with more positive LGBT role models. Though not much has progressed during or after the Sochi Winter Olympics, I hope things will change for the better.

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