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As you must be used to by now, due to our profound concern with the global rise of homophobia and transphobia and to the fact that this is still a highly divisive issue in Romania, we are dedicating one of our festival programmes to films revolving around different issues experienced by LGBTQi+ individuals. The screenings will be accompanied by Q&A sessions with members of the LGBTQi+ community, associations fighting to defend their rights, as well as the rights of many other “minorities,” and with many other people who, despite not being members of that community, feel just as concerned.

We have been supporting the community’s fight for Human Rights and especially those concerning the civil union for same-sex couples. For instance, in the case of Adrian Coman and Clai Hamilton, when the European Union's Court of  Justice helped the Romanian Constitutional Court to reach its decision that same-sex married couples have the right to reside in Romania if one of the spouses is a Romanian citizen (“spouse,” for the purpose of granting non-EU citizens the right of residence, includes same-sex spouses). After this first victory, we were all hoping for a bigger step forward. Thanks to the tenacious work of activists, Romania is finally being audited by the European Court of Human Rights, on the grounds that it still does not have an official legislation for civil partnership: 21 same-sex families, represented by the ACCEPT Association, are officially demanding a change in legislation – a change that has been systematically refused for over 13 years - and we hope that by the next festival edition, in 2021, we will have good news to celebrate.

This year we will meet with 3 men, filmed by two other men and a woman. Pedro Lemebel, a Chilean gay activist performer who pushed the boundaries of the system to such an extent that his entire life became living proof that art can indeed be a powerful weapon against totalitarianism. Then, the Brazilian Marcelo Diorio will walk us through his own self-exploration of homosexuality. And eventually Kojin, an openly gay Kurdish man, will become our guide on a tour of the world he inhabits, which he is desperately trying to understand and to not cast off completely, even though its parameters are so unforgiving and inflexible. (by Vanina Vignal)

Main sponsor: Kaufland
Tickets: Eventbook
Mobility Partner: Autonom
Logistic partner: DHL
Digital Partner: Canopy
Monitoring partner: mediaTRUST
The festival was created in 2008 by the: Czech Center Bucharest

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