To Be LGBTQi+
For the second year in a row, we are dedicating one of our festival programmes to films that revolve around issues experienced by gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. We have resolved that, no matter what, the LGBTQi+ programme will be a permanent feature every year, due to our profound concerns with the global rise of homophobia and transphobia and to the fact that this is still a highly divisive issue in Romania. It is a clear political and human statement.
The referendum supported by the “Coalition for the Family” last October failed to validate their objective, for the Constitution of Romania to be changed in order to non-inclusively redefine the term “family”. It was a big victory shared between the LGBTQi+ community, all the associations fighting to defend their rights - together with the rights of many other “minorities” - and the many people who showed concern with this issue despite not being members of the community. It has been very important to realise and acknowledge that many Romanians do not want any part in this hateful and divisive wave, that their dreams for their country involve something else.
Alongside the human rights associations and the public, we want to be part of this collective process of reflection. We hope that the films we have chosen to share could help some people overcome their prejudices and make others feel that there is nothing wrong with them.
This year, we will be introduced to Coby, an American who decides to openly identify as male and no longer as Suzana, having felt he as a male ever since childhood; we will spend a sleepless night with Julia, a Brazilian trans-woman. We will also understand how complex life must’ve been for Augustina Comedi’s father, who led a double existence as a gay man in Argentina; or how it must have been for a Brazilian director’s uncle to be gay and dying of AIDS in the 1980s. Eventually, we will witness young people coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.