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Here's an Epic Fantasia About Gays Fighting Back in St. Petersburg, Russia: VIDEO

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Director Elias Koskimies sends us his short musical film "I've Only Just Begun" which he put together with more than 60 people who volunteered their time. The clip is set somewhere just outside of St. Petersburg, and is a stunning visual statement about LGBT discrimination, individuality, and gays fighting back against those who oppress them.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

St. Petersburg, as you may know, recently passed a ban on "gay propaganda" which bars (and imposes fines for) gay groups, gay books and periodicals, LGBT Pride events, and other "promotion" of homosexuality. It's being considered in Moscow, and nationally in Russia.

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  1. This looks like a float from the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 10, 2012 11:01:59 AM


  2. What is this, a war between degenerates? That's exactly what it looks like (except for the kids). What purpose does it serve when it's a fight and you don't want either side to win? What a sucky, pointless production. This only confirms the most hideous images of gay people. Something much, much better has to be done.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 10, 2012 11:24:20 AM


  3. @UFFDA

    enjoy your self loathing much?

    Degenerates? Your gay ass has some rights today because it was the degenerates who fought back.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 10, 2012 11:41:53 AM


  4. Gosh, art is hard! It requires appreciating the point of view of the artist, maybe. From my coddled middle class Amerikan perspective, it is difficult for me to imagine a revolution -- to imagine fighting againt the repression that Russian gays face. But maybe it is a revolution. Maybe it is a battle. The film was haunting and disturbing, but not because the gays didn't look like attorneys and accountants and bankers.

    Posted by: ken | Aug 10, 2012 11:50:41 AM


  5. Well-intentioned and visually striking, but to quote Pauline Kael, "I smell Art."

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 10, 2012 11:52:22 AM


  6. powerful, evocative, beautiful.

    only a completely worthless coward could not see the good in this.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 10, 2012 12:05:41 PM


  7. It's unwholesome crap and to paraphrase Pauline Kael, "It smells. Period"

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 10, 2012 12:18:56 PM


  8. how about you specifically show us your own pro-Equality work that you're apparently doing, with the message that you feel will have more positive impact? after all - if you think you could do it better, then you'd obviously be prepared to show us all what Better Work you're doing, right?

    What's that? You haven't done any? You just log onto websites to complain about what everyone else is doing? Got it. Now go play in the bathtub with your favourite toaster.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 10, 2012 12:25:42 PM


  9. This is a stirring and bold statement drawing attention to what's happening in Russia, and it has a great aesthetic. The ignorance in comments on the site never cease to amaze me. Though I'm sure if this were a Gaga video they'd be eating it up.

    Posted by: Lance | Aug 10, 2012 1:57:37 PM


  10. amazing. the US is boiling with gay rights while Western European gays have fallen into a slumber. Russia show us how to fight again!

    Posted by: Patrick | Aug 10, 2012 2:45:08 PM


  11. That was unbelievably fantastic! I was moved by the artistry of the song, the actors, the cinematography, all of it was superb!

    I felt like it was a master work from at the very least a graduate of the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK)...or one of the senior faculty!

    Bravo on a fantastic job!

    Posted by: сергей | Aug 10, 2012 3:26:16 PM


  12. Это было невероятно здорово! Я был тронут мастерство песни, актеры кино, и все это было великолепно!

    Я чувствовал, что это был мастером работы с по крайней мере закончил русский государственный университет кинематографии (ВГИК) ... или один из старших преподавателей!

    Браво на фантастическую работу!

    Posted by: Sergey | Aug 10, 2012 3:32:25 PM


  13. Great video and song. Before it started I wondered if the song was going to be a take-off on "We've Only Just Begun"...which would have driven closet-case Richard Carpenter crazy.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 10, 2012 3:35:15 PM


  14. It appears to have been made by a bunch of Finns and probably shot in Finland. Interesting fantasy, if a bit violent, for my taste.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 10, 2012 4:37:30 PM


  15. А почему Сергей не владеет русским?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 10, 2012 4:38:19 PM


  16. Visually stunning, with some heavy handed imagery.

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 10, 2012 5:55:11 PM


  17. KevinVT,

    Громовой вздох .... я написал два раза ... первый раз по английскому языку для "некультурных" (xa-xa)... и второй раз на русском языке для интеллигенции.

    ;-)

    Сергей

    Posted by: Сергей | Aug 11, 2012 8:41:31 AM


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