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Activist filmmaker focuses on the need for equal parenthood rights across Europe

Posted by Tom Megginson | 5-11-2012 18:17 | Category: Human rights

Invisible Parents: Activist filmmaker focuses on the need for equal parenthood rights across Europe

Mike Bounaiuto, an activist filmmaker in the UK, has finally published his latest project. Having gained fame and accolades for his deeply moving online PSA for equal marriage, “Homecoming,” Mike sought crowdfunding for the new project about parental rights for same-sex couples in Europe.

Having surpassed his rather modest fundraising goal of $1000 on indiegogo with 22 days left, Mike today informed me (via Twitter) that the new film is ready for viewing.

So here it is:

[more after the break]

Shot in the same point-of-view style as Get Up! Action for Australia‘s wonderfil “It’s Time” PSA, Mike’s “Invisible Parents” film puts the viewer in the position of the other partner, causing him or her to feel the natural emotions of participating in intimate family scenes. When the reveal comes, showing it to be a two-father family, it is presumably hoped that the straight viewers will have a moment of epiphany about how good parents are all equal regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Invisible Parents: Activist filmmaker focuses on the need for equal parenthood rights across Europe

According to the campaign site:

As a citizen of the European Union all people should be allowed to pass between borders without discrimination, including children. With legal inconsistencies across the European Union, children may be treated completely different in different countries, simply due to the gender of their parents.

In other words, Europeans are not equal when it comes to parental rights, and same-sex couples travelling across European borders with children could find themselves not recognized as legal parents of their children. Imagine how that would feel. And what could happen.

Learn more about the issue directly from Mike:

His name translates from Italian as “good help.” How appropriate is that?

Invisible Parents
Mike Buonaiuto

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