Queer East: The Shepherds

This documentary charts the struggles of LGBTQ+ Christians in Taiwan, and the challenges they face in confronting discrimination.

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This documentary charts the struggles of LGBTQ+ Christians in Taiwan, and the challenges they face in making their voices heard. In 1996, a heterosexual female pastor founded the first Taiwanese church to affirm LGBTQ+ people, finally providing them with a safe haven. Today, while the founder has passed away, the church members continue to express their faith, and to confront social discrimination and institutional prejudice. But this comes at a high personal cost, with some living a precarious and desperate existence. Director Elvis Lu’s compassionate film captures the bravery and defiance of this religious community. In particular, it focuses on their role in challenging traditional notions of the family and advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan.

Preceded by short film:
Lupah Sug (The Land of the Brave)
Dir Rhadem Camlian Morados | Philippines | 2018 | 30min
This documentary narrates the first-hand accounts of a group of LGBTQ+ people in a Muslim-majority region of the southern Philippines, as they struggle for a safe space and acceptance.

Introduction by Christopher Brown, University of Sussex

As part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, Queer East Film Festival is a curated series showcasing rarely seen LGBTQ+ cinema from East and Southeast Asia, echoing Brent’s strong Asian affiliations and championing the city’s diverse voices.

Presented in partnership with Taiwan Film Institute and Taiwan Docs. Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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Film Information

Duration:
120 mins
Subtitled:
Yes
Certificate:
15

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