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A Gay Couple Subverts France’s Surrogacy Laws in ‘Ghosts of the République’

A Gay Couple Subverts France's Surrogacy Laws in 'Ghosts of the République'

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Ghosts of the République

Logline: A newlywed gay couple breaks French law and travels to the United States to start their own family via international surrogacy.

Elevator Pitch: 
In the midst of social reformation in France, where surrogacy is illegal, “Ghosts of the République” follows the journey of a gay French couple in their pursuit to start a family via international surrogacy. The film begins at their wedding, after gay marriage became legalized in France, and follows the entire international surrogacy. The story will be framed within an expert-based discussion on the topic of international surrogacy. We’ll reveal the complexities of this issue and encourage an informed conversation that can incite change at such a critical time in our contemporary society.

Production Team:
Director/Cinematographer/Producer: Jonathon Narducci – “Love Me” (2014) 

About the Film:
After welcoming a baby girl into the world through international surrogacy, and the legal fight still looming over the couple, it is imperative to tell this story in a time when history is being written. The film will explore the business of commercial surrogacy, the technological advancement, and most importantly, the emotional investment. More than 65 hours of film have been shot worldwide, and we have become deeply connected to those involved. This story must be told, as it’s such a crucial moment, not only in the lives of both Nicolas and Aurelien, but in our global community as well. 

Current Status: Fundraising to complete production and begin post.

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