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Queer East Film Festival returns to London

  • April 22, 2024
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Queer East Film Festival returns to London

The fifth edition of the Queer East Film Festival is coming to London with a diverse roster of rarely before seen queer films from all over Asia. An enormous programme of features and shorts from nearly a dozen countries will be screened at various venues, including Genesis Cinema, the Barbican, and Rich Mix.

Among the highlights will be Re-encountering Sunsets, Waves, Birds and Bees at the Museum of the Home. This will involve a screening of Long Time between Sunsets and Underground Waves by Hu Wei. IT will be  followed by a stroll through the museum’s gardens, led by ecologist Connor Butler.

Hackney Wick Community Sauna meanwhile will host Steamy Intimacies which will include a double bill of Who Can Predict What Will Move You. This is a short film about two boys spending the night together in Brooklyn. Joining it will be Spa Night, an exploration of sexual awakening that starts at a spa in Korea. There will even be a chance to let off some steam by heading to a sauna afterwards.

The festival was established in response to the systemic lack of Asian representation on the big screen, onstage, and behind the scenes. Global events over the past few years have once again reminded us that fair and authentic racial and sexual representation is crucial for our society.

The richness of Asian and queer heritage forms a vital part of this country’s identity. Through a diverse and forward-thinking programme, the festival aims to amplify the voices of Asian communities and challenge the conventional norms, labels, and stereotypes associated with queer Asian portrayals.

The festival will run until 28th April, so be sure to not miss out.

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