After the screening we'll be joined for a Q&A by the Founder of Dozhd TV Natalia Sindeeva and Director Vera Krichevskaya.
Natasha, 35, is a newly rich, successful woman, looking to make her dreams of fame come true. In 2008 she decides to launch an independent TV station in Putin’s Russia, hiring young, open-minded, untrained reporters without a track record in government-run media.
Dozhd TV (also known as TV Rain) becomes the only independent TV news station that has survived Putin's rule. Its office quickly became a magnet for new, unconventional media professionals, many of whom are part of Russia's LGBTQ community, all the while the Russian Parliament has just passed its "anti-gay" law. From the beginning, a very bumpy road is laid out for Dozhd TV, and it quickly becomes a lone island of political and sexual freedom in Russia.
However, it's not long until the Government fights back. The first ban of the TV station happens one week after the launch, and soon the team's evicted from its spacious office and broadcasting from Natasha's hidden one-bedroom apartment. But every attack on Dozhd TV strengthens its cult-like atmosphere, and reporters and staff feel it's their duty to inform the public of all the systemic injustice. It was no longer just their job; it became their mission to relay the truth to the people by any means necessary.