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Newsline: US Embassy in Moscow Defies Anti-Gay Law

The drama, starring Zachary Quinto and James Franco as a gay couple, has been added to September’s Amfest. In what looks like a direct move to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws, a film festival sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has added gay-themed drama I Am Michael to its lineup. The Amfest, which runs Sept. 16-27 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, announced the late addition to its lineup on its website Friday. The U.S: Embassy in Russia is a main sponsor of the festival, which highlights new American independent cinema. In light of the Russia’s anti-gay laws, which make illegal the promotion of a gay lifestyle to minors and other so-called “gay propaganda,” planning to screen I Am Michael looks like as much of a political as an artistic decision on the part of Amfest organizers and backers.



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