Last week we told you about the great documentary The Same Love, the Same Rights, which provides an historical retrospective on social movements in the LGBT struggle in Argentina. This week, our focus stays on Latin America, but this time in Cuba, where the evolution in the struggle for sexual freedom has not been as satisfactory as in that other country.
While the fight for gay rights is exemplified by the struggle for Equal Marriage Law in the Rodrigo H. Vila’s documentary film, in Mamis, director Virginia Fuentes focuses on motherhood.
Violeta, aged 50, has a twenty-seven year-old daughter and three grandchildren, though she never wanted to be a mother. However, when she got pregnant by accident, the only thing that prevented abortion was the insistence of her mother, because she naively thought that in this way, she would cease to be a lesbian. Just as happened in Bad Hair (Mariana Rondon), in which a Venezuelan mother refuses to let her son straighten his hair because she thinks it makes him gayer, while all her son wants is to look handsome so his mother will love him.
But Mamis, a Spain – UK – Cuba coproduction, also speaks about couples like Tamara and Yoana, who always wanted to be mothers and to have the same legal rights over the baby.
Until 1997, homosexuality in Cuba was punishable by law and only since 2008 have the Cuban people been allowed to march against homophobia every 17 May. That day, the LGBT community can celebrate their pride in the streets of Havana, but what about the other days?