Arranged by the Department of Pacific & Asian Studies, University of Victoria
58 minutes (total screening time of all four titles)
In-person Q&A with organizers Rosalia Engchuan and Richard Fox.
This series of short films offers a cinematic introduction to some of the day-to-day struggles, desires and aspirations of the LGBTQ community in Southeast Asia. Focused on selections from Indonesia and the Philippines, these films offer rich ground for a broader discussion of questions at the intersection of political advocacy, documentary scholarship and critical theory.
Directed by Jared Joven and Kaj Palanca.
2016. Philippines. 18:28 minutes.
When a young boy chances upon an old man watching a film of himself as a youthful crossdresser, it sparks an interest in the boy to find out more about the old man’s past. What he ultimately discovers will bring both of them toward a richer understanding of how the weight of life and identity are carried.
Directed by Beverly Ramos.
2017. Philippines. 20 minutes.
A 101-year-old transwoman called Dory walks through the streets of Tondo, in Manila, where she works as a beautician. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ community, and of a religious group known as Iglesia Ni Cristro (INC). Despite facing discrimination on a daily basis, Dory has been open about her sexuality since she was young.
On Friday Noon
Directed by Luhki Herwanayogi.
2016. Indonesia. 13:22 minutes.
Wina, a transwoman, is looking for a mosque to perform the Friday prayers required of Muslim men. She is lost and gets into trouble as she seeks her destination.
The Game Kiss
Directed by Paul Agusta.
2011. Indonesia. 7:05 minutes.
Teenagers Peter and Marco are in Marco’s room playing a video game. Then suddenly Marco leans in to kiss Peter. This segment details what happens when both boys realize that their longstanding affection for one another is reciprocated.
For film inquires, contact Rosalia Engchuan
Email: engchuan [at] eth.mpg.de