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Akvilė and Jonas were an inseparable pair when they went to school. Both dreamed of becoming great actors one day. But their plans changed the moment that Jonas met a young man named Matas and fell in love. The heartbroken Akvilė went on to work in the porno industry, yet she never forgot Jonas. Eventually, Akvilė persuades him to perform with her in a porno film. Jonas accepts, but only because the film offers him and his boyfriend a chance to escape homophobic Lithuania...
The short film „Porno Melodrama“ was created as a reaction to the „Protection of Minors“ law, passed last year in Lithuania, which was supposed to ban „propaganda of homosexual, bisexual or polygamous relations“ to minors.
After becoming an international scandal – it was criticized by various human rights organizations, European Parliament and Lithuania's own President Dalia Grybauskaitė – the controversial line was replaced to „ban to spread information that would promote sexual relations or other conceptions of concluding a marriage or creating a family other than established in the Constitution or the Civil Code“.
In order to challenge the law, the director of „Porno Melodrama“, Romas Zabarauskas, also launched a series of gay-friendly parties, „Porno Melody“, to raise funds for his film. The 21-year-old Lithuanian is now studying film in Hunter College, New York, US.