Earlier this month, Astraea grantee partner KUC-LL launched LEZBICNA CETRT (Lesbian Quarter), an arts and cultural festival commemorating 25 years of lesbian activism in Slovenia.
The multimedia festival ran from November 3rd to 10th. Among its highlights were the launch of two groundbreaking historical works: a book and a feature-length documentary on the history of KUC-LL and the lesbian movement in Slovenia.
KUC-LLs book, Lesbian section LL: chronology 1987-2012 with prehistory, received support from the Ministry of Culture. In contrast, their documentary, Relations. 25 years of the lesbian group KUC-LL, Ljubljana, is a grassroots production made without any Slovenian government or non-governmental organization funding. The film traces KUC-LLs history in relationship to deeply shifting socio-political contexts. It begins in 1987 former Yugoslavia, where KUC-LL formed amidst socialisms collapse into neoliberal capitalism. The film follows the organization through the political upheaval and violence of the 1990s, to Slovenias joining the EU after 2004, and finally to the rejection of a new family code by a referendum in March 2012 in which basic human rights for same sex unions and their children were denied.