Set amid the seemingly idyllic suburbs and delightful forests of Latvia, this dramatic characteristic follows a scarred little one being raised by his struggling grandmother. She tries to cover him from the city’s massive secret — that her transgender stained-glass artist pal lives in a distant barn — however that’s who the bullied boy befriends, resulting in each happiness and heartache.
Director Dace Pūce and producer Kristele Pudane lately answered some questions by way of electronic mail.
Why did you determine to painting this story? Any private ties?
Dace Pūce: Once I learn the e book by Jana Egle Within the Mild, I used to be deeply touched by the entire brief tales written in it. And I used to be amazed, after I realized that every one of them are primarily based on true occasions. There have been three tales written in such a cinematographic approach that I fell in love with them and determined to make use of elements of them to put in writing my very own story for the movie.
My private connection seems in numerous facets of the movie. A boy who’s in search of love and a spotlight jogs my memory of my very own childhood. Once I was 5 years outdated, I used to be dreaming of a day when my dad got here house, however he left me and my mother and by no means returned.
I’ve a private reference to Sailor’s character as nicely. I understand how it’s to be lonely and reside with a heavy ache within the coronary heart. It felt vital to point out an inclination that exists in our society to guage others with out even attempting to grasp them.
The stained glass scenes are fascinating. Why was that the medium chosen for Sailor?
DP: Music and artwork have been my companions in life since my childhood. The thought of stained glass got here to me after I was repairing my home and determined to place a stained glass for one of many home windows. I spotted that our life resembles the glass — it consists of various colours, shapes, types of occasions, feelings, reminiscences, and emotions. From my private expertise, I can say that artwork in all its types and shapes can heal the human soul.
The movie is sort of a piece of stained glass of my private universe and I need to share it with audiences all around the world.
Is home violence a significant challenge in Latvia?
Kristele Pudane: Latvia continues to be thought of to be too tolerant towards home violence. And it’s nonetheless a grim challenge right here for a lot of households, particularly in rural, low-income/training households. Common numbers (in line with https://ncadv.org/) are considerably comparable if not barely higher than in the usA.
Because the starting of the twenty first century, we see a steady decline in home violence instances. Extremely progressive have been the previous few years, with a big rise of common consciousness concerning the issue, empowerment of associated NGOs, and significant legislative initiatives.
In 2016 Latvia signed the Istanbul Conference, however we’re one in every of few international locations left that hasn’t applied it and continues to be delaying ratification course of. Nevertheless, on the identical time, consultants have reported that 80 p.c of the suggestions of Istanbul Conference are already included in Latvian legal guidelines.
Nonetheless, the scenario with home violence is way from being referred to as “underneath management.” The issue is that our society believes that household enterprise is strictly personal. Society tends to not intrude in any household conditions.
And, in fact, like elsewhere on the planet, we’re very involved with the potential impression of the worldwide pandemic. The primary knowledge from the final yr present a rise in home violence. It’s a very various tendency when paired with social isolation. Usually, many victims report neither to the police nor to the help organisations for violence victims. I consider that we solely see a tip of an iceberg right here …
Nevertheless, the attention of home violence, recognition, and prevention of it are the matters extensively mentioned in our society. The intention is to show households secure and respectful relationships. And there may be nonetheless a protracted method to go to create a big change within the mindset and behavior of our society.
In our movie, we speak quite a bit about completely different sorts of home violence: bodily and emotional. With this movie we need to create a dialogue particularly amongst youngsters and children. Profitable implementation of adjustments in human behaviour requires time and even generations. It’s a tough however completely vital work.
Are transgender individuals nonetheless handled with animostity in Latvia, or is it altering?
KP: Our society continues to be fairly conservative and even dare say that generally homophobic. Throughout previous few years now we have develop into extra tolerant towards gay minorities, however transgender continues to be kind of taboo right here.
Nearly all of society doesn’t perceive what transgender truly means and suppose it’s only a unhealthy conduct that must be modified.
Open violence is a really uncommon case, however ignorance is the most important drawback. Transgenders are nonetheless fairly remoted and afraid to exit in public freely as they almost certainly will probably be judged.
The toughest factor is lack of help from their households. Often dad and mom and closest pals get so confused that distancing is discovered as the very best answer.
Transgender individuals really feel psyhologically threatened, afraid of humiliation and normally are remoted from society.
The Pit is the primary Latvian characteristic movie reflecting transgender points, and we’re trying ahead to see the way it will resonate with our native viewers.