CALL ME MARA by Bruno Bigoni
2006 – DV – 4/3 Letterbox 1×60′
Broadcasted: TSI (Svizzera), CULT (Italia)
Italy, 2006, DVCAM, 60’
Bruno Bigoni e Lara Gastaldi
Francesco Fabio Capaldi
Minnie Ferrara & Associati
Provincia di Venezia – Assessorato al lavoro, FISAC/CIGL Regionale Veneto
Mara and Silvia’s story began over twenty years ago. In the beginning there was him and her.
Two young people that met, fell in love, decided to get married and have children.
An everyday story but which began to change over the course of time.
Seven years ago, he became a she: Mara.
Feeling like a woman became a priority, and a necessity he couldn’t do without.
A story of changement not only for one person, but also for his/her family at all.
NOTE OF ARTISTIC INTENT
In pursuit of that general principle of citizenship rights and equality for all is needed, and always has more, that unions deal of problems related to sexual orientation and gender identity. The documentary film Call me Mara was conceived with the primary intent to deny part of the prejudices that still weighs heavily on the trans world. Mara Siclari is currently responsible for the region Veneto New Rights Office of the CGIL. More than ten years that the national CGIL has decided to form as the guarantor of the rights of the world GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans), a “sector” still confined in the shadow of prejudice and ignorance. The personal history of Mara Siclari is at the heart of this film, made last year, and presented at the Bellaria Film Festival 2006. Mara is a woman by choice, but man anagrafe. Mara is the father, has a partner who is the mother of his children, when he was still married man. The story of Mara and Silvia began more than twenty years ago. At first there were a man and a she and a great love. For some years there is a she and she and another the same love. The film, which tells the story of this family through the testimonies of the protagonists, unable to escape the clichés, the easy way to rebuild a genuine curiosity of an extraordinary human experience. From an interview with Stephen Mara Siclari Lorenzotti published in “Il Giornale” August 28, 2005: “Lt. Mario Siclari was finally clear his ‘impresentabilità as man’ January 5, 2000, in Milan, while in the Church of St. Andrew, where a child had received his first communion and confirmation, gave a farewell to his father, Bruno Siclari, the first anti-Mafia prosecutor in Italy, died at the age of 74. A tribute to the magistrate who investigated the P2 lodge, on the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano, the band and that of France Turatello Attorney General of the Court of Appeal of Palermo had seen die in the massacres of Capaci and Via D’Amelio colleagues Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, were deployed to the highest judicial authority, by Gian Carlo Caselli and Gerardo D’Ambrosio. At the end of the funeral all paraded in front of our bench. But no, I mean nobody, dared to offer me their condolences. Shaking hands with my mom, my brother, my sister. Get to me, and went on their feet. As if I do not see. There I realized that I had no right even to the pain of his son. That day – no one noticed – actually two funerals were celebrated: Siclari Bruno was buried with his son from ambiguous features that had refused to wear a white shirt and dark tie, and had tried to conceal the hair now collecting it in a flowing tail. Mario died, married 86 with Silvia, family responsibilities, a job and a degree of insurance in the Army, and Mara was born, married 86 with the same wife, same family dependents, the same job and same insurer degree in the Army.