My Nother’s Voice

by Leo Zbancă

Moldova  |  2023  |  In development


The mother’s voice is the first voice that we get familiar with in our mother’s womb. But this can also be the first voice who brings you down. My mom is Moldovan, Christian, and anti- LGBT. I am a 37-year-old transgender person and LGBT activist. My mom lives in the USA and I live in Chisinau. We mostly communicate via voice messages. Almost every time I am afraid to listen to those messages because I never know if she will curse me or just ask how I am.


Leo Zbancă has been working in the film industry for 15 years. He graduated from the oldest film university, VGIK in Moscow, with a degree in film directing in 2012. His fiction short “The Beginning”, was screened at 23 film festivals in 19 countries in 2013. Between 2008 and 2015, he worked on TV, radio, and movie sets. Since 2016, he has shot one-man band shorts and promo videos in France, Spain, Moldova, and even Guinea-Bissau. Leo is also a trainer, LGBTQI+ activist, and social psychologist. He uses his diverse background to tell deep, psychologically nuanced stories.