A WORM IN THE HEART details the lives and stories from the LGBTQ+ community across Russia. Shot in six cities along the Trans-Siberian Railway, this documentary details the current state of the Russian queer community — giving both broad societal overviews and deeply personal accounts from activists and non-activists alike. The film follows Paul Rice and Liam Jackson Montgomery, a gay couple from Ireland, as they travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway, meeting with a diverse range of LGBT+ people—from Nobel Peace prize nominees and drag queens to those who have suffered brutal homophobic and transphobic attacks.

Directed by Paul Rice
Produced by Paul Rice, Sasha White, Hilary Coate, Liam Jackson Montgomery
Written by Paul Rice
Social Justice Documentary Competition, Russian Arcs Sidebar
Country: USA, Ireland, Russia
72 minutes
World Premiere