Films

Gayby Baby  Gayby Baby  P
Maya Newell
Australia / 2015 / Color / 85mins

It is a portrait of four kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with the challenges of oncoming adolescence, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality and whether or not kids like them are at risk. Gayby Baby is a living, moving portrait of same-sex families that offers a refreshingly honest picture of the value systems that really count in modern life. Just what is a 21st Century family and how and by whom should it be defined?

Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda  Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda  P
Michael Lucas Scott Stern
俄羅斯 Russia / 2014 / Color / 78mins

In 2013, the Russian parliament passed a ban on so-called “gay propaganda” that effectively makes nearly any public discussion of gay equality a crime. The city of Moscow has outlawed Gay Pride parades; legislation is now being considered that would permit the government to remove gay people’s children from their homes... The Kremlin has chosen the LGBT community as its scapegoat in a populist campaign against supposedly decadent “Western” values, and there are ominous signs of much worse to come.

Out Run  Out Run  P
S. Leo Chiang / Johnny Symons
USA / 2016 / Color / 75mins

As leader of the world’s only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation in the halls of Congress is not an easy feat. Bemz and her eclectic team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies to amass support from unlikely places. Taking their equality campaign to small-town hair salons and regional beauty pageants, the activists prove to the Filipino electorate that it’s time to take the rights of LGBT people seriously.

Guidance  Guidance  PG
Pat Mills
Canada / 2015 / Color / 80mins

Desperate to prove that he isn’t an alcoholic, a homosexual, or a loser, David gets a job as a high school guidance counselor by faking his resume and lying about his past. During his counseling sessions with the students, he smokes with them and even offers them vodka. Everything he says to the students is obviously inappropriate yet also oddly appropriate. Quickly his approach spirals out of control, and long-hidden wounds surface, demanding everyone to take a closer look in the mirror.

Boy Meets Girl  Boy Meets Girl  PG
Eric Schaffer
美國 USA / 2013 / Color / 95mins

This is a coming of age comedy about three twenty year-olds living in Kentucky: Robby and his best friend since childhood, Ricky, a gorgeous transgender girl, have never dated. Lamenting the lack of eligible bachelors, Ricky considers dating a girl. In walks Francesca, a beautiful young debutante waiting for her Marine fiance to return from the war. Ricky and Francesca strike up a friendship, and maybe a little more, which forces Robby to face his true feelings for Ricky.

Made in Bangkok  Made in Bangkok  PG15
Flavio Florencio
Mexico / Germany / 2015 / Color / 75mins

Morgana is a transgender soprano with a relentless determination to fight against social stigma and family prejudice to the attainment of a universal milestone, the self-assertion of herself as a human being with dignity socially recognized. To this end, she embarks on an odyssey with lights and shadows to try to build an identity persecuted throughout her life, an identity made in Bangkok.

Hide and Seek  Hide and Seek  R
Joanna Coates
UK, US / 2014 / Color / 83mins

In an isolated English cottage, four young people (two men and two women) move in together as an experiment to challenge social conventions and to push themselves beyond the limits of their comfort zones. All rules they have ever learned are thrown out the window. In their world, the only rule is that everyone is to sleep with every other person. Each person is free to love anyone else, regardless of their gender. As their inhibitions fade, they reach a harmonious co-existence, but the durability of their utopia is tested by the arrival of an outsider who has different perspectives on life.

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)  How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)  PG
Josh Kim
Thailand / Indonesia / USA / 2015 / Color / 80mins

After the loss of both parents, 11-year-old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands, resulting in unexpected consequences. Based on stories from the bestselling book "Sightseeing" by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand. "How to Win at Checkers" is director Josh Kim's debut feature film.

The Priestess Walks Alone  The Priestess Walks Alone  P
Hui-chen Huang
Taiwan / 2016 / Color / 54mins

The Priestess Walks Alone is a journey, our journey. As a priestess, through chants and prayers during the “Soul Guiding” ceremony, my mom helps the dead achieve salvation, but she is bound to her painful past, unable to free herself. As a filmmaker, using images and sounds that unfold on the screen, I tell stories for the voiceless, yet I’m muted by a shameful secret, afraid to reveal the truth. With different mediums, caught between the living and the dead, as the past and present collide, my mom and I embark on a journey, attempting to find our salvation.

How to Survive a Plague  How to Survive a Plague  P
David France
美國 USA / 2012 / Color / 110mins

In the early years of the AIDS pandemic, HIV-positive activists - literally fighting for their lives - took on Washington and Big Pharma by forming ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and TAG (Treatment Action Group). Combining theatrical protests with self-taught scientific training, these heroic groups both gave a sense of purpose to the dying and shook up the medical and governmental bureaucracies.

Real Boy  Real Boy  PG12
Shaleece Haas
USA / 2016 / Color / 72mins

Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.

Night Flight  Night Flight  PG
李宋熙
南韓 South Korea / 2014 / Color / 144mins

Three teenage boys who were once close friends grow apart when they reach high school: Yong-ju lives hiding his true gender identity, Gi-woong becomes the leader of the school gang, and Gi-taek an obsessive manga fan. Tired of the constant malicious bullying by Gi-woong’s gang, Gi-taek betrays them by disclosing that Yong-ju has loved Gi-woong for years. Surrounded by an insecure boundary of the school and wounded by betrayals, the boys are driven into catastrophe.

Kasal  Kasal  R
Joselito Altarejos
Philippines / 2014 / Color / 111mins

Life is always dramatic with Sherwin and Paolo. A lawyer and an indie film director, they have been together for three years. One day, the couple goes to Sherwin's hometown to attend the wedding of his pregnant teenage sister Mary Jane and her teenage husband Bong. Before, during and after the wedding ceremony, Paolo and Sherwin see more clearly how they stand in the public eye, and make very important decisions about their own relationship. It's an examination on how a gay couple navigates through the different institutions in Philippine society.

Chemsex  Chemsex  R
William Fairman / Max Gogarty
UK / 2015 / Color / 83mins

A shorthand term made popular by gay men in recent years for the use of drugs (specifically crystal meth, GHB and mephedrone) in a sexual context, ‘chemsex’ has been seen by some as a significant contributing factor in the rise of HIV diagnoses in London. Often referring to group sex that can last several days, with one or more of the specified drugs used to free inhibition and enhance libido, the trend is argued to be fuelled by the growing use of online apps as a means of sexual hook ups.

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