Mon 07-08-2017 20:00
In cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance.
This collection of short films showcases the best in new queer Asian cinema. Confronted with phantom erections, corrupt cops, heartaches and institutionalized homophobia, the queer characters in this colorful assortment of films find refuge with their friends and family, in activism and in dreams.
Experimental Short, The Philippines, 2014, 10 min – Directed by Rod Singh
Alindanaw (a butterfly that keeps on flying) is a silent film about the journey of an Alien in search of its identity and a safe haven. The film explores the parallelism between a butterfly, an alien and a transgender.
Narrative Short, Japan, 2015, 29 min. – Directed by Kazuomi Makita
Dialogue: Japanese, Thai Subtitles: English
Mito, who is MtF trans, comes back home after having gender confirmation surgery in Thailand. As she inserts a dilator into her newly-built vagina, she finds herself having a feeling of phantom penis erection. Mito keeps this secret to herself until one day she tells it to her FtM trans roommate, Shiro. Shiro tries to help Mito solve her erection problem in the most intimate way.
Any Other Day
Narrative Short, India, 2015, 12 min. – Directed by Srikant Ananthkrishnan, Vikrant Dhote
Dialogue: Marathi Subtitles: English
Where are we to turn when the ones sworn to protect us are the ones against whom we must be protected? It was just another day for Kabir and Arnav. But their lives take a turn for the worse when two cops decide to make a spectacle of them. As the night unfolds, help comes from an unlikely source who goes on to unmask the hypocrisy of our society.
A Naked Boy
Narrative Short, South Korea, 2015, 22 min. – Directed by Jang Young-sun
Dialogue: Korean Subtitles: English
A teacher suffers from hallucinations of seeing one of his students naked in class. In order to solve the issue, he goes to visit the student, but does this visit have something to do with the teacher's past?
Kill the Gay
Experimental Short, China, 2016, 7 min. – Directed by Wan Qing
Dialogue: Chinese Subtitles: English
One person: Qui Bai, a lesbian.
Two space-time: dream and reality.
Two story lines in the dream: Qiu Bai reads out homophobic sentences from Chinese textbooks in public - Qiu Bai is having sex with a woman.