Love Rises in the East
Chinese Queer Cinema

June 23 - June 30, 2017

Pera Film in collaboration with Beijing’s Love Queer Cinema Week is proud to present the program Love Rises in the East: Chinese Queer Cinema. Though homosexuality was legalized in China in 1997 and attitudes in society are gradually becoming more open-minded, China’s LGBTI+ community still faces challenges. For China’s LGBTI+ activists, filmmaking is an important tool for bringing issues to light. The Love Queer Cinema Week presents a cutting-edge selection of Chinese and foreign queer films. It offers a rare place of reflection and exchange about queer films and celebrates diversity.

Presented parallel to the 25th LGBTI+ Pride Week, the program will be premiering three documentaries: Papa Rainbow, a recent film exploring how Chinese fathers react to their children coming out of the closet and the issues that the families encounter; Our Story, a short film about the story of the 10-year “guerrilla warfare” waged by the Beijing Queer Film Festival to fight against censorship, I Am Going to Make Lesbian Porn, a short documentary in the form of an interview surveys the issues and perspectives regarding women's sexual desires and women's bodies. Filmmaker Zhou Hao’s admirable first narrative feature The Night introduces a young male and female sex worker who become friends while working in the same narrow, urban alleyway, and a young man who loses his heart to the male hustler. A delicately orchestrated sequence of emotional exchanges in this triangle offer myriad negotiations of intimacy, and of short and long-term survival, for all involved.

This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.

 
in collaboration

June 23

20:00 Papa Rainbow

June 24

12:00 Our Story

I Am Going to Make Lesbian Porn

18:00 The Night

June 27

15:00 Our Story

I Am Going to Make Lesbian Porn

17:00 Papa Rainbow

June 30

17:00 Our Story

19:00 Papa Rainbow

21:00 The Night

Papa Rainbow

Papa Rainbow

Our Story

Our Story

The Night

The Night

I Am Going to Make Lesbian Porn

I Am Going to Make Lesbian Porn

Program Trailer

Love Rises in the East
Chinese Queer Cinema

Pera Film in collaboration with Beijing’s Love Queer Cinema Week is proud to present the program Love Rises in the East: Chinese Queer Cinema. Presented parallel to the 25th LGBTI+ Pride Week, the program will be premiering three documentaries.

Cameria (Mihrimah Sultan)

Cameria (Mihrimah Sultan)

Based on similar examples by the European painters in various collections, this work is one of the portraits of Mihrimah Sultan, who was depicted rather often in the 16th century.

At the Order of the Padishah

At the Order of the Padishah

In this piece, Żmurko presents an exotic image of a harem chamber, replete with gleaming fabrics and scattered jewels, as a setting for the statuesquely beautiful body of an odalisque murdered “at the order of the padishah”. 

Wondrous Cures in Constantinople

Wondrous Cures in Constantinople

The shrines that created the glory of Constantinople through their lavish beauty were also repositories of precious relics and thus sources of healing.