Manny de Guerre – Russia

Manny de Guerre founded Russia’s Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival and, over the last 8 years, has been responsible for overseeing its direction and management. She received the GLAAD inaugural International Advocate for Change Award in 2014.

Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival was founded in the summer of 2007 in Saint Petersburg. The first Side by Side took place in October 2008 and was disrupted, forcing the organisers to hold screenings and discussions at a secret location. Side by Side continues to operate and is committed to continuing to advocate for human rights and the development of a society in which LGBT people and individual freedom are both respected and protected.

The fiveFilms4freedom 2016 Global List – 33 inspiring people from around the world promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights every day.

In 2016 we launched a global social media campaign and asked our global network to help us find inspiring people who are using culture to promote freedom and equality, who are provoking debate, or are risking their lives to promote the rights of LGBT people in their society or country. We’re inspired by our fiveFilms4freedom 2016 Global List and hope you will be too.