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29 May 2015

Bangkok's first Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Bangkok Gay and Lesbian Film Festival brings together 15 LGBT films from around the world next week

The festival boasts a mix of dramas and documentaries from Thailand, Southeast Asia and beyond. It runs from next Friday to June 14 at the Esplanade Cineplex Batchada.
The festival will feature 15 films from 12 different countries and will bring more of this genre of movies to a wider audience.The movies cover a range of topics including a story of a transgender after the sex-change operation, a documentary on same-sex marriage and works by renowned directors such as Peter Greenaway and Mark Christopher.
Attitude editor explained to Slate.com the ambitions behind the project. Thawatchai Deepattana said "the festival is meant for not only the LGBT community but also for the general public to learn about gender diversity in other societies to encourage mutual understanding and cultural exchange."
Deepattana also noted that although many people percieve Thai society as welcoming and accepting to LGBT, this is mainly limited to tourists. He notes "it's still crucial that we educate the public about gender diversity as well as create mutual respect and understanding."
The films showing include How To Win At Checkers (Every Time). Watch the trailer below.

Reader's Comments

1. 2015-05-30 15:57  
Should be wearing a helmet on a motorbike

That's the message I guess, always wear protection
2. 2015-06-09 14:21  
Fact check: this is (at least) the third G&L film festival held in Bangkok. The first Thai International Gay Film/Video Festival, Hearts of Light, was curated by filmmaker Paul Lee and was held on Oct 11, 1996 at the Utopia gay and lesbian center in Bangkok. A second festival organized by students from a local Bangkok university, occurred a couple of years later.
Comment edited on 2015-06-09 14:29:16

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