LOVE IS A HUMAN RIGHT
After so many serious themes, love may seem frivolous. But in many parts of the world, two people who love each other have to face injustice, run away from home or even fear for their own lives because their relationship is not accepted. By parents, relatives, the society as a whole or the laws of they country they live in. This pressure takes all sorts of forms, whether we refer to gays, lesbians, transsexuals or emigrants who can’t settle by the person they’re bound to in spirit. 76 states in the world outlaw homosexuality. Europe continues to be a fortress hard to penetrate by those outside.
Best case scenario, their relationships have to remain discreet so as not to shock the majority (The Invisibles). Worst case scenario, they have to break up (The 727 days without Karamo) or end up on the street (American Vagabond). Parents reject them (like in the last title mentioned) or share their traumas and try to understand or defend them. It’s tough, just as tough for the parents as for their children. In Turkey, parents are the ones gathering together, sharing their worries and taking initiative in order to help their children gain the right to live in the manner they choose (My Child).
Each of these films finds a special cinematographic formula in order to talk about love with warmth and tenderness. By choosing them, we’ve tried to look at LGBT problems from a different perspective, to include them in a broader discussion. We’ve searched for a point of view that’s usually ignored or for some invisible aspect, as goes the title of Sebastien Lifshitz’s film. How many invisibles are there in Romania today? But more importantly, how did these invisible people live during the communist era, when the famous article 200 was still in force? (A S)