This week is dedicated to GAY PRIDE 2011,
bringing you a new exhibition (opening Tuesday, 10th, 7PM)
and a film fest (from Tuesday, 10th May to Tuesday 17th May).
The program is attached.
We invite you to the opening of the exhibition
PROUD OUT LOUD on Tuesday 10th May, 6PM.
Cambodian artists Em Riem, Thang Sothea, Chath Pier Sath and Teang Borin are joined by Gabby Miller, Nicolas Lainez, Roger Spooner and Alan James Flux. They present their very personal takes on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender issues through a wide variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture and video.
Nicolas Lainez’s black-and-white photo series GAY NATKADAWS IN TRANCE (foto) documents Asia’s largest Gay Festival in Myanmar. It is held yearly about 20km north of Mandalay in Taungbyone. Every year in August, in the week before the full moon, thousands of pilgrims and simple peasants evoke the “Nat Spirits” with the help of gay mediums (so-called “Natkadaws”). Nicolas Lainez was born in 1975 in Barcelona, Spain. After graduating from Film School, he completed his photography studies with internships at Magnum Photo, Agence France Presse, Rapho and Vu Agency in Paris.
8PM: Screening of PRIDE 2010 DVD (29 mins, Khmer, engl. Subtitles) opens this year’s PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL, followed by shorts from Q-Film Festival/Indonesia: GINCU by A. Christina/G. M. Sutawikara (2 mins, Singapore, 2009); THE CLOWN AND THE BRIDE by B. Christian (27 mins, Indonesia, 2009); HYPOCRITE by D. Setiawan (Indonesia/Australia, 2010, 14 mins). English subs. Also screening: GO GO REJECT, which won multiple Best Short Film Awards.
This is the program for the coming days:
“I CAN BE WHO I AM”: CAMBODIAN LADYBOYS MEET “MADAME X”
Pride Film Fest (Day 2) starts at 6.30PM. Khmer filmmaker Choun Sarin presents his short doc I CAN BE WHO I AM (2010, 26 mins, Khmer with engl. subs) about two “ladyboys”. 7.15PM: Superhero comedy MADAME X (2010, 100 mins, Bahasa/Engl. subs) by Indonesian L. Kuswandi was one of the highlights at this year’s Hong Kong Film Festival. A transgender hairdresser blossoms into a masked crusader who battles homophobia. 9.15PM DESERT HEARTS (1985, 91 mins, Engl., French subs) was one of the first films made by a lesbian for a lesbian audience. In 1950s Nevada Vivian Bell finds herself increasingly drawn to a self-assured lesbian, and the ranch owner’s daughter.
“DANGEROUS LIVING” & ”KIDS ARE ALRIGHT” WITH JULIANNE MOORE
Pride Film Fest (Day 3) starts at 6.30PM. The Human Rights Watch documentary DANGEROUS LIVING – COMING OUT IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD (2003, 60 mins, Khmer language, Eng. subtitles) covers the struggle of LGBT people for basic human rights in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In some countries, “getting caught” can even incur the death penalty. 8.30PM: Lisa Cholodenko’s THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (2010, 106 mins) is the winner of the “Teddy Award for Best Feature Film” at Berlin International Film Festival 2010. The movie with Julianne Moore & Annette Bening combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth in a funny and vibrant portrait of a modern family.
SOPHAT, NASEAR, THREE SWEDISH LESBIANS AND “TWELVE”:
Pride Film Fest (Day 4) starts at 6.30PM. SOPHAT AND NASEAR (10 mins, Khmer, engl. subs) is a sweet film about gay man Sophat, his transgender partner Nasear and their reflections on life in Cambodia. 7PM: The documentary DON’T YOU WORRY (2003, 74 mins, Khmer, Engl. subs) by Swedish director C. Neant-Falk introduces you to 3 young lesbians and their struggles for a “coming-out”. 8.30PM: Q-Film Fest brings you TWELVE (2008, 88 mins, Tagalog, engl. subs), the directorial debut of award-winning Philippine screenwriter Senedy H. Que. He tells a disturbing story of love, lust, and loss of innocence. A 12 year-old boy and a lonely gardener break moral bounds.
SCREENING OF “BOYFRIEND” AND “QUEER CHINA, COMRADE CHINA”
Pride Film Fest (Day 4) starts at 6.30PM: BOYFRIEND is the new short film by Cambodian collective 4K (19 mins, Khmer, English subs). It tells the story of a confusing relationship. Filmmakers & cast will be in attendance. 7.15PM: China’s most prolific queer filmmaker Cui Zi’en presents a comprehensive account of the queer movement in modern China with QUEER CHINA, ‘COMRADE’ CHINA (2009, 60 minutes, English subs). 8.30PM: HOOTERS (93 mins, 2010, English with English subs) by American Anna M. Albelo is a humerous behind-the-scenes doc film. A collective very loosely bound by sexuality and ideas of gender tries to make a seminal lesbian film in three weeks.
PRIDE COMEDIES: “IRON LADIES” & ”YOU SHOULD MEET MY SON”
Pride Film Fest (Day 5) starts at 6.30PM: The comedy IRON LADIES (2000, 104 mins, Khmer, Eng. subs) by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon tells the true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transvestites and transsexuals. Broad, sentimental, but ultimately irresistible! 8.30PM: YOU SHOULD MEET MY SON (2010, 88 mins, English, English subs) is director and screenwriter Keith Hartman’s feature film debut. When conservative Southern mother Mae learns that her only son is gay, she decides that he is not to go through life alone and starts looking for the ideal husband for him.
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