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

12:00 I Am Going to Make Lesbian Porn

18:00 The Night

June 27

15:00 Our Story

15:00 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.

Memory and Now, on Fabrics! <br> Gözde İlkin

Memory and Now, on Fabrics!
Gözde İlkin

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.

Serpent Head

Serpent Head

The Greek god Apollo and his son Asklepios presided over the realm of medicine and healing. Apollo was also the god of light and sun, whose solar symbolism and association with medicine would become linked to Christ the Physician, and the resurrected.

The Welcoming of Venetian Balios to Ottoman Lands

The Welcoming of Venetian Balios to Ottoman Lands

The series of paintings depicting the audience ceremonies of European ambassadors hold a unique place among the works of Jean-Baptiste Vanmour of Valenciennes, who lived in İstanbul from 1699 until his death in 1737.