“I think we need to get out of here soon,” Nóra tells Virág as they compile a photo album for their future daughter. The couple, who met in a demonstration for democracy, dream of a family… but in Hungary same-sex families are not allowed to adopt, so Nóra and Virág are applying for adoption separately.
The documentary follows their slow adoption process amidst Hungary’s ever-bleaker political situation for LGBT individuals. National conservative party Fidesz, led by Victor Orbán, wants to make adoption laws stricter. Radio and television news heard in the background of everyday tasks constantly reminds how Nóra’s and Virág’s lives, personal safety, rights, and relationship are continuously under threat.
This contemporaneous documentary shows how sexual minorities are treated in our shared Europe. Hungary and Poland have been against the attachment of constitutional protections for LGBT people to the EU budget, and at the end of 2020 Fidesz proposed a change that would prohibit adoption by single people without a permit of exception to Hungary’s constitution. The gap between Hungary and the rest of Europe is becoming deeper.
Piia Lempiäinen (translated by Elina Huttunen & Em Seikkanen)