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Rarely, an Austrian short film has achieved so much attention as Gregor Schmidinger "Homophobia". Yesterday was the 23-minute work in the pride village at the Vienna City Hall square.
The film shows what can mean homosexuality in Austria away from city and Rainbow parades: A servant of soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian border station, discovered that he feels attracted by his comrades. In their last joint night discharge the emotions - in social isolation and with loaded weapons.
Sahoo, who has written the screenplay, directed, and produced the film, is not the hatred of homosexuals in the center of his work, but the phobia.
Now the film festivals to - appear and in schools, to discuss issues such as homophobia and self acceptance by using the movie there better.
The Happy ending that was actually in the script, thus omitting Schmidinger in the finished film: "precisely also came a cheesy film-happy end for me out of the question, because in real life it is now even less. I think and hope nevertheless that the positive note at the end of the film comes through", the filmmaker explains the"courier".
How important is this film, which had its premiere at the international day against homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17, is a study of the University of Salzburg in 2004: therefore homosexuals try seven times more often than heterosexuals to commit. This means that almost every third suicide attempt in Austria is committed by a homosexual-oriented people.