United States, November 4th, 2008. On the same day that Barack Obama is elected President of the United States, an inspiring and historic moment, Proposition 8 is passed in California. For the homosexual community, it is an abrupt awakening. Gay marriages become illegal again. The day after the election, spontaneous demonstrations break out across California. In an electric atmosphere, a whole community is chanting: “Gay! Straight! Black! White! Marriage is a civil right!”


Initially planning on filming the Democratic campaign in Los Angeles, a young director finds herself at the heart of this struggle that divides the population of California. She decides to follow the emergence of this new massive political and social movement, highly motivated and organized. On October 11th, 2009, after months of mobilization, a March for Equality is organized in Washington DC, similar to Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s march in 1963.

Shot between November 2008 and October 2010 in the United States, France and Spain, ILLEGAL LOVE is divided into three parts, ILLEGALITY, LOVE and REVOLT. It’s the story of a struggle for equality, a veritable civil rights battle in our era.


Through a series of encounters between supporters and opponents of Proposition 8, as well as through portraits of families and couples concerned by this abrupt change, ILLEGAL LOVE is a journey into the heart of American society. It’s the discovery of a local issue with international repercussions.