Looking at the experience of Queer Asians in America and abroad, this series of short films examines love, sex, body image and substance abuse. Ranging from teenage angst, to secrets, breasts, adoption and drugs, the subjects of these films poignantly explore the lives of these young people—in all their confusion, wonder and hope.
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Directed by Michael Chen and Paul Detwiler
Running Time: 18 minutes
An adopted Korean boy's journey from a strict Mormon upbringing in Utah to a tumultuous life of raving, drug trafficking, and addiction in Southern California. Supported by friends in his recovery program, he becomes sober and ultimately embraces his identity as a gay Asian American.
Directed by Sonali Gulati
Running Time: 7 minutes
24 FRAMES PER DAY was conceived by combining 24 photographs taken each day over a period of 9 months, combined with a conversation with a taxicab driver while returning from the airport. The film raises important questions around immigration, cultural stereotypes, and the meaning of 'home' from a transnational perspective.
Directed by Harjant Gill
Running Time: 26 minutes
In 1995, the Indian Government charged Bollywood superstar Milind Soman with 'obscenity' for appearing nude in a shoe advertisement. Under the rhetoric of preserving nation's morality, these charges were carried-out using old colonial laws that are still evoked to restrict desire and persecute homosexuality in India today. Milind Soman Made Me Gay is a conceptual documentary about desire and notions of 'home' and 'belonging'. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements along with voice over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker's past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora. Overshadowing these nostalgic explorations of life 'back home,' are harsh realities of homophobia and racism in America and an on-going struggle to find a place of belonging.
Directed by Avelynn Mitra
Running Time: 15 minutes
Filipina women from L.A., New York, and Burtonsville, MD discuss their feelings, thoughts, and memories - both good and bad - about their breasts.
Directed by Brian Chan
Running Time: 8 minutes
Who's the saddest person in the world? A widow who just lost her son? Or a person who can't attend the funeral for the loved one?
Directed by Alison S. M. Kobayashi
Running Time: 6 minutes
Torn from a letter found on a Mississauga Ontario street, the very personal, sexual, and titillating high school dramas of an anonymous teenager are enacted in highly stylish detail.