The Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival (LACFF) recently announced a showcase of four LGBTQ-themed short films for the first month of 2021.
The showcase includes the films We Outlaws, The Last Lesbian, SHe, and Mom’s Clothes. According to Radii China, these four indie productions examine a range of bold, unexplored themes such as transgender rights in an authoritarian state, queer female love and intersectional identity struggles.
“There are so many creative and talented filmmakers from the LGBTQ community from China, Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora whose works are often underrepresented. This year’s LGBTQ virtual showcase allows us to present the stories that drive changes across societies to a broader audience,” said festival director Xuan Zhang, according to Chopso.
The program—co-hosted by Chinese Rainbow Network, Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, UCLA LGBTQ Campus Resource Center, and unCoVer—will be available on the streaming platform Montage until Feb. 5., reports Chopso. The event will culminate with a virtual Q&A session at 7pm PST on Saturday, Jan. 30.
“We are very proud to continue to be a presenting partner of the Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival’s virtual showcase program. As a streaming platform that programs independent films and documentaries, we always celebrate diversity and freedom of expression,” said Director of Operations at Montage Media Guo Liu, reports Chopso.
The LACFF transitioned to a virtual platform during the 2020-21 season due to the pandemic. According to Chopso, in previous years, LACFF has screened a limited lineup of films selected out of hundreds of submissions by filmmakers from around the world; each film would have a screening for a small group for one night.
Rather than hosting a competitive film festival with a limited audience, LACFF decided to use this unprecedented time as an opportunity for retrospective screenings for a broader audience, reports Chopso. According to Radii China, the stories chosen for this year’s showcase offers a particular sense of comfort and strength during a pandemic-era exacerbated by political turmoil.
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