Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (HKLGFF) will be held from Sept 13th to 26th, 2014. It promises to bring the finest films to Hong Kong audiences; raising public awareness on LGBT related issues in the region and beyond.
Purple Light is a commonly sung song in the Army in Singapore, and the film is based on a true story of a young recruit who falls in love with his friend. He then learns that what matters is not whether people accept him for who he is, but how he accepts himself and others unacceptance of him.
Chinese filmmaker Fan Popo's latest documentary features six mothers from all over China who share their experiences of coming to accept their gay children as an increasing number of Chinese parents are stepping up and advocating acceptance by family members and society.
The HKLGFF will screen a total 54 films from around the world – exceeding any previous year's record – including five feature films and one short under the new bisexual category, one feature and four shorts under the lesbian porn category, and two French films to close: Stranger by the Lake, and Winner of this year's Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival, Blue Is the Warmest Colour.
The festival marked the close of the 5-day, 28-film run last month at a small crowded cafe near Andingmen, Beijing with more cheer as usual as organisers report that this year marks the first time in its 13-year history that none of their events were disrupted nor did they have to engage in a cat and mouse game with the police as they did in previous years.
Call Me Kuchu, a powerful documentary about the struggle against Uganda’s "Kill the Gays bill" and which follows several LGBT activists including David Kato before he was murdered in 2011, will be screened at the Freedom Film Festival that runs this weekend in Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Penang on Oct 6 and Singapore on Oct 28.
Thailand's first lesbian movie Yes or No, which was a surprise hit in China and Taiwan, returns to the screen with a sequel this month. Doug Sanders, who reviewed the first on Fridae, reports on the new two hour-long film.