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A documentary about the hatred felt by many Ukrainians towards gays and lesbians premiered last night in Amsterdam. The film, GAY-K, was made by two Dutch filmmakers, Nicolaas Veul and Tim den Besten.

They had gone to Ukraine to make a documentary about Euro 2012, but they were so shocked by people's attitudes towards gays that they decided to make a film about them. According to Veul, what's so surprising "is that there are hardly any gays in Ukraine because no one dares come out of the closet".

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