The Law of Love

(Zákon lásky)

Talking about equality is one thing, respecting and defending it is another. The journey to the legalisation of equal marriage for all people in Czechia isn’t over yet.

Barbora Chalupová, co-director of the successful Caught in the Net, tracks activists from We Are Fair as they strive towards a ground-breaking decision that would make Czechia the first former Eastern bloc country to institute “marriage for all”. The film follows the society-wide debate, including Prague Pride, televised clashes and parliamentary discussions aimed at a crucial vote. Czechia likes to come across as a liberal, open country, where everyone at least tolerates everyone else, but a cursory glance below the surface shows a more complex, much less friendly, reality. A clash between the progressive and conservative parts of the populace is inevitable even here, and sometimes the proverbial “tolerance” doesn’t cross the boundaries of mere statements.

Notice

The film will be shown only in the form of physical screening.

IMPACT

In December 2017, the We Are Fair (Jsme fér) movement began collecting signatures for a paper petition for marriage for all. In May 2018, the petition was signed by almost 70,000 people, but the draft amendment to the law has not yet been approved. The whole process of combating homophobia in the Czech Republic is documented in the film Law of Love. In 2020, the movement decided to continue the petition, this time online. Any signature and dissemination of the petition can potentially give it more weight in the eyes of members of parliament, who in the end did not vote to pass important amendments to the law during this electoral term. https://www.jsmefer.cz/onlinepetice‍

About the film

Director: Barbora Chalupová
Czech Republic
2021 | 77 min.

Language: Czech

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor and indoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

World premiere

Director

Barbora Chalupová

Filmography
2021 - The Law of Love
2020 - Caught in the Net
2019 - Czech journal: Real(e)state
2017 - Theory of Equality
2016 - Do zbraně!

Barbora Chalupová

Screenings

19. 05. 21:00 Liberec: Lidové sady Liberec
20. 05. 20:00 Ústí nad Labem: Veřejný sál Hraničář
20. 05. 20:30 Znojmo: Centrum Stará vodárna
20. 05. 20:30 Tábor: kafe a knihy Jednota
21. 05. 20:30 Praha: Kasárna Karlín
DiscussionLucia Zachariášová, protagonist Jsme fér
Barbora Chalupová, director
Filip Milde, protagonist Jsme fér
Adéla Horáková, protagonist Jsme fér
Veronika Dočkalová, protagonist Jsme fér
23. 05. 21:00 Praha: Autokino Strahov
DiscussionCzeslaw Walek, protagonist
28. 05. 20:00 Opava: terasa Obecního domu
29. 05. 20:30 Uherské Hradiště: Letní kino Smetanovy sady
31. 05. 20:30 Brno: Kinostan v Lužánkách
01. 06. 19:00 Ostrava: Centrum Pant
04. 06. 19:30 Plzeň: Kavárna Your Time Café
04. 06. 20:30 Brno: Kavárna Trojka
06. 06. 21:00 Boskovice: Kino Panorama Boskovice

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