Queer Asian Stories (Part 1)

Queer Asian Stories (Part 1)

Jul 25, 2020 1:00 PM – Aug 2, 2020 11:00 PM

Xerb.tv

$10.00

This is a virtual event. All screenings are available to watch within 24 hours of the film release time. To allow for enough time to complete the screening, ticket sales will close 3 hours before the event end time.

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.

Soba-chan's Morning

It was supposed to be a usual morning for a Tokyo married couple...

Directed by Sergei Vlasov | 2019 | 5 min | Japan | Japanese with English subtitles

Directed by Sergei Vlasov 5 m Japanese with English subtitles Japan

Blossom

This is a journey about a drag queen exploring herself with an abandoned baby one unconventional night. It is also a story about searching for a sense of belonging.

Directed by Han Lin | 2018 | 25 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles

Directed by Han Lin 25 m Chinese with English subtitles Taiwan

U for Usha

Usha, an illiterate single mother who works as a farm labourer in rural India, finds herself drawn to a female teacher of local primary school, in ways she never knew possible.

Directed by Rohan Parashuram Kanawade | 2019 | 21 min | India | Marathi with English subtitles

Directed by Rohan Parashuram Kanawade 21 m Marathi with English subtitles India

Tidal

TIDAL is about a tide-like relationship. Ocean, a boy who grew in a small island has a taboo relationship with Tide, a sailor who regularly docks on the island. One day after Tide’s docking, Ocean tells Tide that he has convinced his mother to let him go sailing. On the other hand, Tide has been concealing his married identity from Ocean.

Directed by Yenshun Lee | 2017 | 15 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles

Directed by Yenshun Lee 15 m Chinese with English subtitles Taiwan

We Need to Talk About the Ring

With same-sex marriage now legal in her hometown, Xin resolves to give up her successful career in the U.S. and return home. Xin's parents eagerly await their daughter's return. However, little do they know about Xin's intentions to take advantage of Taiwan's new same-sex marriage laws. Caught between love and family, Xin risks both her family and lover and is forced to own up to her true feelings.

Directed by Yi Qi Chen | 2019 | 30 min | Taiwan | Chinese with English subtitles

Directed by Yi Qi Chen 30 m Chinese with English subtitles Taiwan