Some comments about our first movie night

Last Friday, to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia there was our first movie night against homophobia. We watched the French animated film Le baiser de la lune (to have more information about the film or to buy the DVD click here).

The film was released in 2010 with the aim of speaking about different forms of love with children of 9 to 11 years old, through the stories of Felix and Leon, two male fish who fall in love with each other, Agata, who’s waiting for her prince and the sun and the moon. As it’s easy to imagine, the release of a film with such an aim caused quite a big uproar in France.

I found out about the film about one year ago thanks to a French radio programme in which they interviewed the director (here’s the link). When we decided to organise some movie nights about homophobia, I immediately thought that I wanted to share with other people this special movie, so I got in touch with the director, Sébastien Watel, who immediately accepted, and we started preparing the subtitles.

The preparation of the subtitles was for me extremely interesting and rewarding because it’s something related to my big passion and work and as it was another opportunity for me to work on my Slovak.

But let’s go back to Friday. The movie night was very successful, even more successful than we expected 🙂 , because more than 30 people took part in the event and discussed about homophobia for about 2 hours. The discussion was for me really stimulating as, even though we didn’t all have the same opinion on some topics (and perhaps even more so), everybody was willing to exchange their views.

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The aim of this initiative is to fight against homophobia, but to achieve it, we don’t need to do any brain washing: we just need to discuss and share information, as I think that lack of information is at the root of all the forms of racism.

Thanks a lot to all the participants, I’m really glad that you came and shared with us your time and ideas! And also a big thank you goes to Sébastien Watel – the director of the film, Andy – my coordinator, Rado – from Amnesty International, Milan and Kristina – from Záhrada, the Interpreters and Translators University Agency (Tlmočnícka a prekladateľská spoločnosť FHV UMB), Stanka – our fantastic interpreter, Charlène – from Alliance Française, Martina – who helped me translate the subtitles and Vessy – who made the flyer.

See you on Friday June 14 at 6 pm in Záhrada for our next movie night against homophobia. We’ll watch Parents Reborn. I will soon post more information, stay tuned!

Emanuela

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May 17: update on movie night Le Baiser de la Lune

Everything is ready for our first movie night! And thanks to the Interpreters and Translators University Agency (Tlmočnícka a prekladateľská spoločnosť FHV UMB) we’ll also have an interpreter who will help us translating from Slovak into French and English and viceversa.Thank you Stanka in advance!

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So, see you all in Záhrada next Friday, May 17 at 6 pm to watch Le Basier de la Lune and to discuss about homophobia.

Emanuela

17. mája bude náš prvý filmový večer na tému LGBTI

17. mája budú ľudia po celom svete oslavovať Medzinárodný deň proti homofóbii. Bude sa konať mnoho podujatí s cieľom zvýšiť povedomie o právach LGBTI komunity. Pokiaľ ide o mňa, táto téma je mi naozaj blízka a to je aj dôvod, prečo som sa vo februári zúčastnila na živej knižnici organizovanej Amnesty International a venovanej právam sexuálnych menšín. Taktiež preto som navrhla organizovanie série filmových večerov o tejto dôležitej a  nesmierne aktuálnej téme.

Séria filmových večerov začne 17 mája o 18:00 v Centre nezávislej kultúry Záhrada  (Námestie SNP 16, Banská Bystrica) francúzskym animovaným filmom Le baiser de la lune (Bozk luny). Film je o príbehu Felixa, ryby mužského pohlavia, ktorý sa zaľúbi do Leona, ďalšej ryby mužského pohlavia. Ich láska je však neuskutočniteľná, najmä kvôli mačke Agáte, „starkej“ Felixa, ktorá chce, aby sa Felix oženil s rybou ženského pohlavia.

lgbt_flyer_final_bwFilm bol pôvodne vytvorený s cieľom povedať deťom o inej forme lásky. Podľa môjho názoru si však zaslúži, aby ho videli všetci. Trvá len 26 minút a budeme ho premietať vo francúzštine, so slovenskými titulkami. Po projekcii bude nasledovať diskusia. Hlavným jazykom diskusie by mala byť slovenčina, uvažujeme však aj o tom, že požiadame o asistenciu tlmočníka. Za účasť na podujatí sa nebude vyberať vstupné, budete však mať možnosť dať dobrovoľný príspevok na pokrytie nákladov na elektrinu Centra Záhrada.

Tu je trailer k filmu vo francúzštine a tu je podujatie na Facebooku. Taktiež by som tu rada vopred poďakovala našim partnerom pri organizovaní tohto podujatia: Centru Záhrada, Univerzitnej skupine Amnesty International v Banskej Bystrici a Alliance Française Banská Bystrica.

Dúfam, že sa uvidíme v Záhrade!

Emanuela.

(Preložil Andy)

On May 17 our first movie night on LGBTI

On May 17, all around the world people will celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia. There will be many events aimed at raising awanereness among people on the rights of the LGBTI community. As far as I’m concerned, I feel really close to this cause, that’s way in February I took part in the living library organised by Amnesty International dedicated to the rights of sexual minorities and I proposed to organise a series of movie nights about this important and extremely topical issue.

The series of movie nights will start on May 17 at 6 pm in Záhrada Centre of Independent Culture (Námestie SNP 16, Banská Bystrica) with the French , animated film Le baiser de la lune (The Moon’s kiss). The film is about the story of Felix, a male fish, who falls in love with Leon, another male fish. Their love is impossible, especially because Agata the cat, Felix’s “grandmother”, would like Felix to get married with a female fish.

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The film has been made to speak to children about a different form of love, but in my opinion, it deserves been watched by everyone. It just lasts 26 minutes and we will watch it in French with Slovak subtitles. After watching the film there will be a discussion. At the moment, the main language of the discussion will be Slovak, but we are thinking about asking for help to an interpreter. To take part in the movie night, you will not be asked to pay an admission fee, but you could make a voluntary offer which will go to Záhrada to cover electricity costs.

Here’s the trailer of the film in French and this is the event on Facebook. I also seize the opportunity to thank in advance our partners in the organisation of the event: Záhrada, University Group Amnesty International Banská Bystrica and Alliance Française Banská Bystrica.

I hope I’ll meet you all in Záhrada!

Emanuela