True Love Stories
According to one of the SAGE members, Nataliia Filimonova, the choice of the movies was not random. She said that the shorts showed the “human side of the question,” while most of the LGBT discussions are usually built around political, social or ethical issues.
The idea of the screening was to present the feelings in the first place, not the legal rights. “‘True love’ and ‘I don’t want to go back alone’ are both very sensitive shorts, and that’s why we chose them exactly,” Filimonova said.
The first short that was screened is one of the five episodes from the BBC series ‘True Love,’ showing five different love stories from the same town. Sage screened the third episode, which told the story of a young teacher Holly (Billie Piper) and her student Karen (Kaya Scodelario).
Being in an unhappy relationship with a married man, Holly finds sympathy and support in Karen, the only person who actually pays attention in class and does not try to bully the teacher. With time, their relationship develops into something more than a usual student-teacher pattern. In spite of the disapproval of others, Holly and Karen do not give up on their feelings and stand up for each other.
The second short was the Brazilian film ‘I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone,’ showing a relationship between two schoolboys, Leonardo and Gabriel.
Gabriel, a newcomer in class, becomes friends with a blind student Leonardo and his best friend Giovana. During the movie, the friendship of the three evolves into a close connection between the two boys, who spend most of the time together, forgetting about Giovanna. The girl is struck with disappointment when she finds out about Leonardo’s affection to his new friend. It turns out, however, that Gabriel reciprocates the feeling.
AUBG students who attended the screening expressed a positive response to the shorts. Merlin Demirdzhieva, a third-year student, said that the screening was, in a good way, different from the popular films that usually show straight relationships. “I can’t say I was impressed by the first short, but the second one definitely touched my heart,” she said.