EVENT: REELOUT FOCUS: CHINA
Tuesday, February 2nd 7pm • Stirling Theatre A
Best Documentary Short 2009 Golden Gate Awards San Francisco Film Festival
Official Selection SilverDocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival
Tongzhi in Lovedir. Ruby Yang
2008 / USA / 30 min
Oscar-winning director Ruby Yang presents the true stories of gay men torn between cultural tradition and the lures of city life in Beijing, China. "Frog" Cul and his friends revel in the freedom a cosmopolitan Beijing affords them, but a Chinese son's traditional solemn duty is to produce a child and carry forward the family line. That China's laws limit most families to a single child only compounds the pressure on gay men. Many resort to sham marriages.
Can they be gay, and still be good sons?
Mandarin with English Subtitles
End of Lovedir. Simon Chung
2009 / Hong Kong / 95 min
Ming is an attractive young gay man with a passion for drugs and partying. After an overdose his secret identity as a male prostitute is revealed to his boyfriend who is furious about it and breaks up. Ming is transferred to a Christian rehab camp. Here he comes clean with his addiction and his sense of guilt. When released he is determined to live a "good" life but it is only a matter of time before the past catches up with him...