Luca is a good friend of ours. And he's gay. As happens among friends, sometimes we argue and as often happens among friends we end our fights laughing. From the beginning of the discussion to the last closing laugh we usually manage to find 6 or 7 different ways – not always nice ones – to insult Luca for his sexual orientation. But if in Luca's place we'd have Marta, who is also a friend of ours and just like Luca is homosexual, how many ways of insulting her would we have?
This is obviously a provocation (as is the title of our film) Marta and Luca are imaginary characters and we don't make a habit of insulting people. What's true and obvious is that in order to offend our imaginary friend Marta there is a shortage of insults.
Do you think this is a good thing?
We thought about it for a long time and we decided that the answer is NO.
Because if Luca has to deal with verbal and physical aggression, Marta doesn't even exist.
In this case homophobia begins with negation, a negation that for some reason begins within the lesbian world.
We're strongly convinced that invisibility is a stronger and more malicious form of discrimination than false stereotypes, so we decided to discover that unknown world in order to bring it to light with a language that could be comprehensible both to a homosexual and a straight audience.
We think that to avoid a hostile perception of diversity, it is important to get to know and maybe learn that this distance – without diminishing the LGBT identity in any ways – could be purely imaginary.
We started off by calling things by their proper names.
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