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The Film

My story is certainly not unique. On the contrary, I have simply done what many people in similar situations would consider, but have not done - whether it be due to fear of not being able to offer their children a decent life or being excluded from the dominant society. But when childless couples today increasingly rely on the help of sperm banks – a service that is still denied for lesbian families – when more and more families with two mothers or fathers profess their way of life and we increasingly discuss surrogacy, which, although not yet in federal legislation, has long since become a reality in Switzerland, then it is time to adopt the concept of an evolved version of the nuclear family as an equally adequate form of parenthood. Because regardless of what life plan, each of us claims for ourselves, they are all part of a diverse reality and should therefore be able to be lived openly and legally.

That neither my history nor ours can be changed is a fact. This is why the aim of this film is an attentive reflection on the many questions and contradictions that arise, both with regard to my decision to become a mother and the decision to film my story. When I ask myself today what my daughter will think of her origins, but also of this film in the foreseeable future, I can only answer this to the extent that I, as a mother, openly deal with our family story in a way that is appropriate to my daughter’s age and level of maturity, and that I, as a filmmaker, had to make this film partly in order to fulfill my responsibility to her.

Marina Belobrovaja

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The crew

Written & directed by
Marina Belobrovaja
DOP
Gabriela Betschart, Kaleo La Belle, Christoph Walther,

Sergei Freedman & Marina Belobrovaja
Sound
Bruce Wuilloud & Benoit Frech
Editing & dramaturgy
Tania Stöcklin
Original music
Trixa Arnold & Ilja Komarov
Sound mix & sounddesign
Guido Keller
Picture design
Patrick Lindenmaier
Produced by
Gabriela Bussmann | GoldenEggProduction
in coproduction with
SRF | SRG SSR
with the support of
Zurich Film Foundation
Cinéforom & Loterie Romande
Suissimage cultural foundation

Volkart Foundation
Ernst Göhner Foundation
Suisa Foundation

Distribution Switzerland
Valerio Bonadei | Filmbüro
World sales
Jean-Michel Trèves | JMT Films

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The motivations

My story is certainly not unique. On the contrary, I have simply done what many people in similar situations would consider, but have not done - whether it be due to fear of not being able to offer their children a decent life or being excluded from the dominant society. But when childless couples today increasingly rely on the help of sperm banks – a service that is still denied for lesbian families – when more and more families with two mothers or fathers profess their way of life and we increasingly discuss surrogacy, which, although not yet in federal legislation, has long since become a reality in Switzerland, then it is time to adopt the concept of an evolved version of the nuclear family as an equally adequate form of parenthood. Because regardless of what life plan, each of us claims for ourselves, they are all part of a diverse reality and should therefore be able to be lived openly and legally.

That neither my history nor ours can be changed is a fact. This is why the aim of this film is an attentive reflection on the many questions and contradictions that arise, both with regard to my decision to become a mother and the decision to film my story. When I ask myself today what my daughter will think of her origins, but also of this film in the foreseeable future, I can only answer this to the extent that I, as a mother, openly deal with our family story in a way that is appropriate to my daughter’s age and level of maturity, and that I, as a filmmaker, had to make this film partly in order to fulfill my responsibility to her.

Marina Belobrovaja