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  • Opening Film

  • New Currents

  • Polemics: Technofeminism - Women, Science & SF

  • Feminist Film Classics

  • Queer Rainbow

  • Asian Short Film & Video Competition

  • I-TEENS

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  • Barrier Free Screening

  • An ICON of Korean Film History, PARK Nam-ok

  • In Memory of KIM Sun-min

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Special Screenings

 

Competition Program

 

Queer Rainbow

This year’s ‘Queer Rainbow’ section, which introduces interesting films on the lives and issues of gender and sexual minorities, focuses on the remarkable achievements of American, Chinese, and Korean films. The recent American queer films seem to mark the revival of New Queer Cinema in terms of their variety of themes and of their excellence. Such trend can be partially attributed to the Obama Administration’s pro-homosexual agenda as well as to the increasing awareness and sensitivity of the minority groups within the LGBT community such as transgender and racial/ethnic minority, which, on the other hand, deepens our worries about how a Post-Trump America will turn out to be. Some of the films showing the latest trend in American queer cinema include: AWOL and Signature Move, feature film directorial debuts respectively of Deb SHOVAL and Jennifer REEDER who have been widely recognized with their previous short films at numerous North American film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival; Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, a groundbreaking crime documentary centered around four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of the gang rape against two young girls and imprisoned for more than ten years as a result of this homophobic witch hunt; and Real Boy, a humanist documentary about a transgender teen dreaming of becoming a musician. Meanwhile, We Are Here, Our Marriages – When Lesbians Marry Gay Men, The Hutong Vibe are equally important films that provide a vivid account of the lesbian history, community, activism, and way of living in China. Another film not to miss is Small Talk that won the Teddy Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. This film discusses how the oppressive heterosexuality and violent masculinity in society can bring a great deal of pain to a family and an individual. It is also touching to see how the director attempts to reconcile with her mother by calmly and bravely talking about her painful past. Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that Korean queer short films with their own unique characteristics have significantly grown in number over a year, which makes us imagine a brighter future of Korean queer cinema. In addition to this, the short films selected in the ‘World Queer Shorts’ will invite you to encounter queer stories about people of different identities and with different regional and racial backgrounds. Along with all these films, why don’t we paint the world with rainbow colors to celebrate the LGBT pride?
CHO HyeYoung / Programmer

Films ( Total 18 )