ARIA

60mn, 2017

Vouloir un enfant est un désir partagé par des millions de personnes, quels que soit leur genre ou leur orientation sexuelle.
Oui mais..en France, quand on est lesbienne, gay ou trans, comment fait-on pour devenir parent alors que les lois nous en empêchent ?
PMA à l'étranger, insémination artisanale, exil en Belgique ou en Espagne, batailles judiciaires pour adopter ses propres enfants...
Pour s'opposer à la loi ouvrant le mariage aux LGBT et leur interdire d'avoir des enfants,  des personnes de droite et d'extrême-droite, liées à l'Eglise catholique, organisèrent de nombreuses « manif pour tous » rassemblant des centaines de milliers de personnes. Ces marches libéreront et produiront une parole homophobe & lesbophobe extrêmement violente, saturant l'espace médiatique, qui propagera leurs propos sans restriction, alors que la parole des LGBT est ignorée.
Comment fonder une famille, devenir parent et élever ses enfant dans se contexte homophobe ultra-violent ?
Autour de portraits croisés, de visages penchés sur son ventre de femme enceinte, la réalisatrice dessine autant d'histoires et de réflexions sur la maternité, la parentalité, le (non-)désir d’enfant, la filiation ou encore l’enfance. Solidaires dans leurs peines comme dans leurs joies, ému.e.s et en colère, les protagonistes du film nous transmettent une force et un espoir dont on a désespérément besoin aujourd'hui pour poursuivre la lutte vers une société plus juste.
Le film, tourné intégralement au smartphone, propose un voyage intime, des paroles sensibles, drôles ou émouvantes, tel un "album de famille" contemporain.

 

A co-production of Every Body's perfect festival and the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2016, with the support of the Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville (FMAC) and the Fonds d’Art Contemporain du Canton de Genève (FCAC), Faena Art, In Between Art Film and HEAD – Genève.

 

Aria (2016), a film about queer parents, identity and family constructions. It is through a series of portraits, of people leaning their faces over her belly that the artist proposes a diversity of stories and reflections on motherhood, parenthood, the desire or not to have a child, descent, and childhood. Entirely shot using smartphones, the film proposes an intimate journey, told via sensitive, fun or moving words, a contemporary family album.

 

In November 2012, the socialist government submitted a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. A right and far-right wing group of people, connected to the Catholic Church, launched a collective organizing meetings and demos to oppose the law and prevent LGBT people to have kids. They called themselves : « Demo For Everyone », as a response to the bill generally referred to as « Marriage For Everyone ». Their first demo gathered around 100 000 people in Paris and branches of the collective set up everywhere in France. Between november 2012 and may 2013 – date of promulgation of the law, several « Demos For Everyone » gathering hundreds of thousands of people took place. These marches created an intense homophobic&lesbophobic&transphobic climate and their demands as well as their speech ended up being considered a normal part of the everyday political conversation. At the same time, LGBT's voice was – and still is – widely ignored.

And yet, wanting a kid is a desire shared by millions of people of all gender and sexual orientations. How to be a parent and raise a kid in this violent homophobic climate ? And how do we manage to have one in the first place when laws precisely prevent us from having these kids ? ART abroad, home-made insemination, exile in Belgium or in Spain, legal fights to adopt our own children...

Building on interwoven cameos of friendly faces leaning over her pregnant stomach, the director draws moving stories and personal thoughts about maternity, parenthood, (non-)desires to found families, filiation or even childhood. And if they're stunned by the rise of violence, they nonetheless stay united in their sorrows as well as their joys. Their strenght is catching, and it's what we desperately need in these times and days. A power of love, of revolt and of hope to keep fighting for a better society.

Shoot with a smartphone, the movie is an invitation into the intimacy of queer's people through their own narratives. Put together, these stories compose the contemporary family album of the director and of her baby to come : Aria.