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7 Nov 2013

Watch Mama Rainbow, a documentary that spotlights six Chinese mothers of gay children

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.


Mother of a gay son

The 80-minute long documentary is directed by Fan Popo is a Chinese independent film maker, writer and activist; with the support of PFLAG China, Queer Comrades, China Queer Independent Films, Beijing Gender Health Education Institute.

Fan Popo

The film's synopsis reads: "For Chinese parents, finding out that their kid is gay usually presents a major tragedy, with the big majority utterly unable to accept the homosexuality of their son or daughter. However, during recent years a fresh rainbow wind has been blowing over the Chinese mainland: a pioneer generation of Chinese parents has been stepping up and speaking out on their love for their gay kids. This documentary features 6 mothers from all over China, who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their homosexual children. With their love, they are giving a whole new definition to Chinese-style family bonds.

Rainbow Mama had its world premiere at the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival last November and has since been screened at the Boston LGBT Film Festival, Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival and Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival.

For upcoming screening dates, visit www.queercomrades.com/en/blog/mama-rainbow-china

Reader's Comments

1. 2013-11-08 07:27  
Bravo, Fan Popo :-)! The message you're sending mainstream society is spot on : homosexuality has, since the dawn of Chinese civilisation some 5,000 or so years ago, been an accepted part of Chinese culture. It was the advent of Christianity and, subsequently, Communism that relegated the ancient art of free love to dark alleys and public toilets. So, kudos to Fan and the enlightened mothers of gays and lesbians in China.
2. 2013-11-08 14:27  
yes, God is in our heart
But religions come from outside that always try to devide.
Religion is tool of imperialism toore the devide.

seperate/devide Children from their parents therefore parents would hate the children. It is immoral.

seperate friend to friend. that is immoral.
seperate nations and tribes. that is immoral.
Many people interested in "heaven" that offered by Religion using some kindness as cosmetic to attract follower.

Too much priest..no body will do kindness.
Priest are lazy to do kindness.
They are very busy to preach, no time to do kindness.

We should throw away any hollybooks from our nations


3. 2013-11-10 08:34  
Im so proud of them, hope at here also can truly accept ours.. for me this the time we stand togethers

4. 2013-11-10 08:35  
Im so proud of them, hope at here also can truly accept ours.. for me this the time we stand togethers

5. 2013-11-10 08:35  
Im so proud of them, hope at here also can truly accept ours.. for me this the time we stand togethers

Comment #6 was deleted by its author on 2013-11-10 08:36
7. 2013-11-10 09:46  
Well done. It gets better through education.
8. 2013-11-10 13:38  
congrats to Fan Popo for making this documentary
9. 2013-11-11 06:19  
I hope I live to see the day this is a non issue. Bravo, Fan Popo.
10. 2013-11-11 15:48  
What an important movie - I hope the hard work pays off and little by little mothers (and fathers) in Asia and all around the world will accept the sexuality of their children. *Because* they are their children. It's not that hard, you'd think. But it is. Times are changing, though. Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand are on the forefront of the changes. I admire your courage, Popo.
11. 2013-11-13 11:09  
I saw this movie at last year's Boston LGBT film fest and I found it to be quite moving. The love of the mothers for their children in the face of fierce oppression was very inspiring. I left the theater hoping that the ripple of acceptance that has begun in China grows into a powerful wave. You rock, Mama Rainbow!
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12. 2013-11-13 23:45  
A great initiative to raise wider awareness about homosexuality in Asian countries. This documentary is a stepping stone to educate all parents, societies and governments, to understand and accept LGBT community as sane and healthy human beings, with hearts and souls.
More similar movies should be made and be screened proudly especially in Asia and South East Asia, to profess the 'rainbow' reality and dignity in humanity, especially in politically, socially and religiously conservative nations like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Indochina, etc.
Bravo to the film maker, Fan Popo.

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