Films

Kiki  Kiki  P
Sara Jordenö
Sweden / USA / 2016 / Color / 94mins

In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene. KIKI follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of four years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device.

Bridegroom  Bridegroom  P
Linda Bloodwoth-Thomason
美國 USA / 2013 / Color / 80mins

Bridegroom tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.

Inside the Chinese Closet  Inside the Chinese Closet  P
Sophia Luvarà
Netherlands / 2015 / Color / 72mins

Andy devotes his days and nights to looking for a lesbian wife of convenience who could possibly bear his child; from online search to underground marriage markets, he is meeting all sorts of girls. Cherry has already married a gay man, but the quest for a baby proves to be a far more complex challenge. Will Andy and Cherry deny their own happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents’ wishes? Along the way, they clash with their parents’ hopes, their love partners and the partners of convenience.

G.B.F.  G.B.F.  P
Darren Stein
美國 USA / 2013 / Color / 92mins

When closet-case Tanner is outed, he becomes a hot commodity for three teen queens who believe that a G.B.F. – “gay best friend” – is this season’s must-have accessory. Fashionista Fawcett, drama queen Caprice and Mormon ’Shley stop at nothing to score Tanner as their pet, even if it means driving a wedge between him and his real G.B.F. Brent.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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