SHORTS: LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE…
On May 24, Taiwan became the first Asian nation to legalize same-gender marriage, giving hope to LGBTQ Asians across the globe. Unfortunately, one ruling cannot erase the discrimination LGBTQ Asians face. In many Asian countries, being gay or transgender is still illegal, even punishable by death. That’s what makes telling the stories of LGBTQ Asians so important. The following films reflect the wide range of experiences of LGBTQ Asians around the world.
Screening made possible by: Apicha Community Health Center; Project by Project (PbP); National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA); Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of NY (GAPIMNY); NAPAWF*NYC, a chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
In This Program
Naomi Iwamoto / USA / 2017 / 11 minsTwo actors. One car. Ten minutes. Danny (Ronak Gandhi) and Grace (Michelle Farrah Huang) have been best buds since they were kids. They know each other better than they know themselves. At least that’s what they thought, until a weekly hot-boxing ritual reveals secrets that will change their relationship forever.
Jerell Rosales / USA / 2016 / 15 minsAs he nervously waits for his HIV test results, Daniel, or Danny, as his friends call him, calls the company that provided him the condom that broke during sex. But rather than complain, he winds up accidentally befriending a customer service representative named Logan. Their friendship becomes a lifeline to Daniel as he confronts his loneliness and mortality.
Mei LiYing / China / 2017 / 25 mins12-year-old Qingqing’s simple life in the peaceful city of Wuhan is thrown into confusion when she realizes that her mother and father as not quite as happily married as she thought. When she then sees her mother with another woman, Qingqing is forced to decide what is best for her family.
Yudho Aditya / Indonesia / 2017 / 22 minsAris is a gay Muslim teen living in rural Indonesia, where same-gender acts are potentially punishable by death. He is set to marry a girl he neither knows nor likes, but it becomes harder and harder to stay silent as he develops a crush on a free-spirited, friendly boy from the United States.
Faizan Fiaz / Pakistan / 2016 / 29 minsIn this harrowing short, non-binary British-Pakistani journalist Faizan Fiaz documents the wide range of experiences of LGBTQ Pakistanis in the increasingly conservative Islamic Republic. The film examines the roles class, colonialism, and American foreign policy have in shaping the views of sexuality and gender identity throughout the country.
Perry Pang / USA / 2016 / 11 minsComing out is rarely easy. But it’s especially tough when you’re in the highly gendered world of sports, as is the case with Max, a transgender woman and soccer champion… in men’s soccer. In this touching short inspired by real stories, Max struggles to navigate her identity amongst her soccer bro colleagues, one of whom she may or may not be in love with.