Let's Kiss - Franco Grillini storia di una rivoluzione gentile
The film is about Franco Grillini, a somewhat late-blooming gay politician from Bologna, born in 1955 into a farming family, with a degree in education, who has always been active in the fight for the recognition of gay, lesbian, and transsexual civil rights. Through the story told directly by its protagonist, the biopic, with a light tone and using original documentary material, reconstructs over thirty years of political history, bearing witness to a tough and gentle fight in the name of dignity and equality.
This is a journey – also a sentimental one – touching on the places of his life: from the home of his birth in the country to the university, from the old headquarters of parties that no longer exist to Parliament, and going along the streets and squares of Gay Pride parades, from Rome to New York. The stages in Franco Grillini’s life are punctuated with struggles and victories – from the tragic arrival of AIDS on the scene, with its deaths and the stigmatizing of homosexual relations, to the first same-sex marriage, and then the still-ongoing battle for stepchild adoption – but also the evolution of the social and media’s approach to a topic which still today, even though it concerns millions of people, is strongly divisive when it is not ignored.
Grillini talks about public and private aspects with serenity and humor, in a language that his Bolognese accent transforms into a musical lilt, about his firm yet smiling hope for a future without lives lived in fear of social stigma, for the right to health and the full expression of love and affection.
They are stories of love and political battles, both inside and outside of Parliament, insoppressible driving forces for change and a zest for life
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