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Ruth Muganzi, 29 years old, born in Kampala (Uganda) and lesbian activist, sits atop family tomb, in which among ors is buried his far — who had 23 children — and asks: "When I die, will I be buried here, with people I love? Or will y throw me out, well away from m, to keep showing me how different and how inadmissible I am? "and points to nearby jungle. Muganzi lives in a country where every so often y try to pass gay laws, hiding behind on criteria like — said by a deputy — "If we allow homosexuals here, next thing will be that se guys ask ir dogs for marriage."
In Spain fortunately advances that equal rights of LGBT community to rest of citizens have been enormous. "But re are still acts of violence, which we can neir forget nor allow, and which have been accentuated se months," says filmmaker Fernando Gonzalez Molina (Pamplona, 1975), one of most grossing directors of current Spanish cinema and responsible for documentary The Best Day of My Life, which runs through footsteps of six young people from four countries until y meet at World Pride held last July 1 in Madrid. Ruth Muganzi is one of protagonists of this film, co-produced by Sundance TV and country, with collaboration of Madrid city Council and Madrid Destino, which opens next Friday in commercial rooms, and today will have a preview in Gran via Madrid .Enlarge Photo The Russians Max and Nick, at World Pride in ' The Best Day Of My Life '.
González Molina, Realizer of I feel like you, three meters above sky, palm trees in snow or Invisible Guardian, debuts in documentary. "I've had to rein in my impulse to creative manipulation. Here what I show has happened. In spite of everything, I think it is a film very mine: emotional, Epic... ", says filmmaker. Several teams shot up to 100 hours of five stories of six kids in ir places of origin, plus ir meeting in Madrid last summer when capital hosted World Pride Parade. In addition to militant Ugandan, cameras follow Timothée-Paul Massenet, Timo, homosexual French deaf and champion of trampoline jumps; Nicolai Romanov and Maksim Talialev, Nick and Max, a Russian couple fighting for acceptance of homosexuals in ir native Nizhi Novgorod, and who are part of Russian LGBT Sports federation (y wear ir uniform during demonstration); April Zamora, 35-year-old actress and playwright — greatest of those portrayed — who, when filming begins, takes only one week of Hormonización process to achieve a woman's body that fits her psyche, and Geena Román Martínez, a 22-year-old Almeria transsexual , waiting for his last step in O.R. to finish his reaffirmation process.
"For me World Pride was an excuse to tell story of se six people," González Molina confesses. "Of some we know more, ors, as Timo, who have little data until he arrives in Madrid to compete in LGBT Games ... I've been sorry because in montage some have lost a lot. " There are characters who grasp soul of Spectator, like Muganzi, who every time he speaks loose dialectical stabs, as when he sees two Russians kissing and asks, "How do we choose not to see love?" Or just one of se kids, who live in fear of discovering ir relationship on shores of Volga in Russia's fifth most populous city, town where Máximo Gorki was born, and where González Molina and his team were held for a few hours. "All of a sudden, as filming as Nick and Max were saying goodbye to ir friends, a policeman approached us and began to say that a visa role was missing," recalls director. "Curiously, a translator of Castilian appeared out of nowhere to, according to him, help us. We spent seven hours at station. I never cared for myself, but for m, and in Nick's face, for example, his terror was reflected. "
In week of World Pride (to its different events attended 2.2 million of attendees) six live contradictory moments of reaffirmation, pride, encounter and observation of enormous differences that exist only by being born a few kilometers of Distance. Beyond persecution in Russia and Uganda, Gonzalez Molina stresses how LGBT collective lives in rural Spain: "I am thrilled when Geena is going to say goodbye to his grandfar, and he never succeeds in referring to her in feminine, but in masculine. He says, ' if he's happy, so am I ', with a piece of woman next door, and n you understand difficulty he's dealt with all his life. ' Geena Román stars in anor of great moments of film, when he walks through his old institute, Spectator intuits what he suffered re, and suddenly stops to remove in a box office a sticker where he reads fag. Or his doubts about what will happen to his partner, a boy he met when Geena was still Gustavo. The parade also provokes feelings found in Ruth, Nick and Max. "At same time re are banners demanding and danced in celebration plan... I guess it's lucky to have this freedom, "Nick confesses.
The Best day of My Life also talks about next day, what happens when party ends and fight goes on. Abril Zamora went to parade with his first dress, a gift from his mor, and 24 hours later recognizes that he rushed, he felt "disguised", that each process takes time. "Is that she gave us a gift, to show her first steps and her displacing," says director.
Today all of m will attend preview: Zamora has already experienced a great physical transformation; To Madrid have moved Timo, who works as a nurse in Paris, and Geena, who battle for being an actress; Nick, Max and Ruth are continuing ir fight. As Ugandan says: "We are not for celebrations when we fight to survive.""A film as a weapon to fight discrimination" Fernando Gonzalez Molina poses in country. LUIS SEVILLANO
"It was necessary to film Best Day Of My Life so that we do not forget what is still happening in Spain. Like Pride, documentary is a weapon of struggle so that no discrimination is repeated. " Fernando González Molina has taken an artistic step forward on his sexual orientation in directing this film. "I spent some time of harassment at institute in Pamplona, but my family and my head protected me. And in movies so far is that I have not crossed with gay stories. " Since August, two films completing trilogy of Invisible Guardian will be shot for 18 weeks, and later will adapt Dark stone, multi-prized and praised work of Alberto Conejero. "We are having trouble raising production, because re are still prejudices about Civil war and homosexuality of Federico García Lorca." Would it not be necessary to have a position, militant, of Spanish gay filmmakers and interpreters? "I think actors are afraid of losing hook in audience. And okay, everyone owns ir privacy, but would y keep ir private lives so far apart if y were straight? "