Queer Asian Stories (Part 2)
Queer Asian Stories (Part 2)
July 28, 4:00 PM – August 2, 11:00 PM
This is a virtual event. All shorts programs will be available between April 1-30, 2021 and all feature films will be available for ten days between April 8-18, 2021.
It’s not often that queer Asian stories get brought to the forefront, let alone to the big screen. But last year, in a historic moment for Asia, Taiwan made headlines by legalizing same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the furtherment of LGBTQ+ rights across the continent. This 2-part LGBTQ+ Asian shorts program is an ode to queer Asian love–from India to Taiwan and more, we bring you tales of passion, loss, fear and hope, keeping the spotlight shining bright on queer Asian stories.
Xiao Xian is in charge of finishing a dress. Her mother has decided that she is going to take care of it that night, and she obeys, as usual. Sheng Xia, her best friend, shows up at her house to convince her to go partying. Xiao Xian accepts, but she cannot imagine what will end up happening that night.
Directed by Jiajie Yu Yan | 2019 | 17 min | Spain | Chinese and Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Jiajie Yu Yan 17 m Chinese and Spanish with English subtitles Spain
Sunshine in the Ruins
Zih Sin and Sheng Ya are not interested in the explanation about a hundred-year-old village, so they ignore their tour guide and go wandering around. It’s surprising that everything is fantastic in the ruins for them. Therefore, they decided to leave the group and make an unmanned explorations in this village by themselves...
Directed by Chou Yu Cheng | 2019 | 12 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles
Directed by Chou Yu Cheng 12 m Chinese with English subtitles Taiwan
After being shunned by his homophobic father for his sexuality and his lover for not being a woman, Manob finds himself travelling to the city for a sex change operation. However, as he struggles with his identity, he faces challenges and questions he may not be ready to confront yet.
Directed by Tathagata Ghosh | 2019 | 25 min | India | Bengali with English subtitles
Content Warning: Parental abuse, self harm.
Directed by Tathagata Ghosh 25 m Bengali with English subtitles India
Hao, a chubby gay man, works as a janitor at a gay spa. For him, romantic relationships are an unreachable dream. One day, an attractive customer, Kai, walks into the place, and Hao has the opportunity to massage him. As they talk and get to know each other, they bond. However, things do not go as smoothly as Hao expected…
Directed by Yu Jhi-han | 2019 | 18 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles
Directed by Yu Jhi-han 18 m Chinese with English subtitles Taiwan
Centering on the story of a queer Vietnamese American woman, Hoài (Ongoing, Memory) explores the collapsing and intersecting realities of heartbreak: from romantic partnerships, families, and nation states.
Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le | 2018 | 11 min | United States | English and Vietnamese with English subtitles
Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le 11 m English and Vietnamese with English subtitles United States
From the Other Side
On the eve of an important ruling, the Taiwan Supreme Court Judge receives an unexpected letter.
Directed by Bob Yang & Frederico Evaristo | 2019 | 14 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles
Directed by Bob Yang and Frederico Evaristo 14 m Chinese with English subtitles Taiwan