Queer East 2021: Secrets of 1979
With a pre-recorded introduction by director Zero Chou.
In the summer of 1979, during Taiwan’s martial law period, Bing-Kuan asks her college friend Shu-Lan to help out on her family’s banana plantation. As time goes by, the two girls secretly develop a romantic relationship, and decide to volunteer at the Formosa Magazine in order to promote democratic freedom of expression. Yet their youthful romance is threatened as the Kuomintang regime seeks to suppress dissident voices. Secrets of 1979 is the latest film by award-winning director Zero Chou. Depicting a turbulent period in Taiwan’s history, Chou explores the connections between political and sexual awakening, the film offering a stark reminder of the forces that seek to suppress change.
Preceded by the short film:
Dir Yu-Tong Weng | Taiwan | 2020 | 19 min
Taiwan, 1979. The city is under curfew, but a curious teenager follows a mysterious young man along a riverside path and into an abandoned hut.
Part of Queer East 2021, an LGBTQ+ film festival showcasing East and Southeast Asian queer cinema, in London from 15 to 26 September.
This screening is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.
Queer East is an LGBTQ+ film festival that showcases rarely-seen queer cinema from East and Southeast Asia. Seeking to amplify the voices of Asian communities in the UK, the festival explores the forces that have shaped the current queer landscape in Asia, and aims to encourage more inclusive narratives. The second edition of Queer East Film Festival takes place in London from 15 to 26 September.