APQFFA Shorts Showcase

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APQFFA Shorts Showcase


Saturday Aug 18 11:30 AM


Doris Duke Theatre


General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival 2018

Presented by: APQFFAUH Manoa LGBTQ+ CenterUH Manoa Rainbow Alliance
Rainbow Reel Tokyo 
Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Shanghai Pride Film Festival 
Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

To disprove the enforced unimportance of Asian characters in media, and the general marginalization of Asian sexuality, HRFF is proud to present its inaugural Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance Shorts Showcase, featuring outstanding and diverse short films from APQFFA member festivals from across Asia.

Founded in 2015 in Taipei, APQFFA is a collective of 17 regional festivals with a shared love of queer cinema that aims to support and promote films and filmmakers from across the region and pushes for greater visibility for Asia Pacific queer cinema.

This program includes a 15 minute intermission.

Chromosome Sweetheart
Directed by Honami Yano. 2017. Japan. 5 min.
There are all sorts of people in the world, and there are all shapes of love. This short is a brilliant, poetic, and original meditation on the complexity of love and relationships between women.

Courtesy of Rainbow Reel Tokyo

Before I Got Famous
Directed by Giovanna Sarquis. 2017. USA. 20 min.
What do both Hollywood and the LGBTQ world have in common? They tend to underrepresent and marginalize Asian American men! Meet budding Chinese actor Alex—gay son, friend, dreamer—as he tries to make his acting dream a reality in Hollywood whilst also tackling the overt racism and discrimination that Asian American actors face while looking for work. Laugh with Alex as he encounters ridiculous stereotypes in this comical two-part sampler of the ten-episode web series.

The Fish Curry
Directed by Abhishek Verma. 2017. India. 12 min.
28-year-old Lalit is about to come out, and a special occasion calls for a special dish—Maacher Jhol, a Bengali-style fish curry. But will Lalit’s curry be delicious enough to win the heart of someone special? Named a 2017 Iris Prize Finalist, and awarded Best Indian Short Narrative Film at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

Courtesy of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

Directed by Seung Yeob Lee. 2017. South Korea. 20 min.
Jungho is not comfortable with his mom’s sudden unplanned visit.

Directed by Faraz Ansari. 2017. India. 15 min.
Set on a bustling Mumbai commuter train, this first-of-its-kind silent film tells the touching story of a romance that develops slowly through wordless gestures and universal expressions of affection between two strangers. This short has garnered 34 festival awards in addition to being named a 2017 Iris Prize Finalist!

Courtesy of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

Directed by Liying Mei. 2017. China. 25 min.
China in 1997 is a place of transitions—11-year-old Qingqing is also in a place of transition. On the cusp of adolescence, she lives with her mom in the peaceful city of Wuhan. Her father, who works in Shenzhen only comes home once a month. When Qingqing discovers her mom’s oddly close relationship with a female friend, she starts stalking them, only to discover a secret that will unravel her peaceful family life and all her burgeoning conceptions about love, sex and female desire. Named a 2017 Iris Prize Finalist, and awarded Best Film in the Chinese Short Film Competition at the Shanghai Pride Film Festival.

Courtesy of Shanghai Pride Film Festival

The End of Our Youth
Directed by Xin Hi. 2016. Taiwan. 30 min.
Liu and Tseng met in high school and became friends. Before graduating, Tseng confesses his love to Lin. After the two become lovers, the relationship between them begins to get awkward. On the eve of graduation, Liu writes a letter to give to Tseng on the day of ceremony.

Courtesy of Taiwan International Queer Film Festival

First Love
Directed by Ji-Sook Kang. 2016. South Korea. 29 min. 
Based on a true story from South Korea, two young girls fall in love, and even though they’re not out to the world, their relationship endures for 40 years. They live a harmonious life until, one day, something happens that challenges their long-term bond.

After Erection
Directed by Man Kei Maggie Leung. 2017. Hong Kong. 20 min. 
Alan and Ben meet at a break-up party and click right away—so well that they decide to leave to get a room. Being that it’s a Saturday night, all the hotels are fully-booked throughout town. They flirt as they wander through the streets and alleys of Hong Kong looking for a vacant hotel. From thinking about lust to talking about love, they grow to know each other more, which begs the question: does it really matter to have sex or not?

Courtesy of Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

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