QE: Docs4Pride from Queer East Film Festival
Launching with four free-to-stream documentaries shining a light on queer activism in East and Southeast Asia, the selected films feature compelling stories of resistance, the fight for civil rights, legal protection and the LGBTQ+ liberation movement in respective countries.
Inequalities within the LGBTQ+ community exist. Through the power of film, QE: Docs4Pride aims to uplift and amplify the voices of those marginalised in the LGBTQ+ community, aligning with wider global conversations and reflections about racial justice and the recognition of minority groups.
QE: DOCS4PRIDE PROGRAMME AND SCHEDULE
Out Run | Screening Date: 3 - 10 July
Dir S. Leo Chiang, Johnny Symons | USA, Philippines | 2016 | 75 min
Out Run follows Bemz Benedito, who led the world’s only LGBTQ+ political party Ladlad, in her historic quest to become the first transgender woman elected to the Philippine Congress. The film documents Ladlad’s journey of rallying LGBTQ+ representation and provides a unique look into how queer communities transition into the mainstream.
Shanghai Queer | Screening Date: 10 - 17 July
Dir Xiangqi Chen | China | 2019 | 90 min
A documentary sharing collective memories of the LGBTQ+ community in the ever-changing city of Shanghai between 2003 and 2018. The film offers a rare insight into the city’s grassroots queer activism, through a series of interviews with frontline activists, scholars, and artists.
Taipeilove* | Screening Date: 17 - 24 July
Dir Lucie Liu | Germany, Taiwan | 2019 | 70 min
Taipeilove* documents Taiwan’s crucial moments in becoming the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. Featuring extensive interviews with key activists and lawmakers, as well as ordinary queer people who share their intimate stories, the film is a vivid and important portrait of the ongoing struggles and shifting social attitudes towards LGBTQ+ equality in Asia.
Of Love and Law | Screening Date: 24 - 31 July
Dir Hikaru Toda | Japan, UK, France | 2019 | 94 min
An openly gay couple, Fumi and Kazu, run Japan’s first LGBTQ+ law firm. Passionately fighting for civil liberties, they represent clients who seek to challenge restrictive norms and discrimination. Through the couple’s life and ground-breaking human rights work, the film offers a snapshot of Japan’s changing and diverse society.
QE: Docs4Pride is part of Film Feels Connected, a UK-wide cinema season supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk; with additional support from Brent 2020 Culture Fund, as part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture.
QE: Docs4Pride is the second virtual film series from Queer East Film Festival, which has had to postpone screenings following Covid-19 restrictions. The previous QE: HomeSexual Edition received donations from nearly 400 supporters to support the temporarily closed independent cinemas due to host screenings.