SIPFF 2024 2024.11.07(Thu.) ~ 2024.11.13(Wed.)

Asia Pride Section

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The section that helps us realize the issues of sexual minorities in contemporary Asian countries and predict the future of our society via Asian films 

One of the sections that SIPFF’s audiences expect most is apparently the Asia Pride Section. As the section was newly established as SIPFF became the international film festival, people’s expectations toward the nominated films, along with the possibility of enjoying diverse Asian queer films and discovering great new directors, have been increased. It is even more worthy of notice that the nominated films for this year’s Asian feature films competition include the ones created by the directors from many different countries, including Taiwan, India, Cambodia & France, Philippines, Japan, etc. The distinct and colorful stories of sexual minorities from diverse societies and cultures will offer special experiences to our audiences. Dear Tenant by Cheng Yuchieh is a great film that won many awards in Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and has been screened in many prestigious international film festivals all over the world. The film casts many questions by presenting the story of a man who has been living with the son and the mother of his deceased ex-boyfriend, being accused of murdering the mother by his ex-boyfriend’s brother. Coalesce by Jessé Miceli unfolds the story of cold realities and dreams young gays face in Phnum Penh, Cambodia. Fireflies by Prakash Deka tells the story of Janu, a transgender person whose sexual identity is rejected in a conservative, remoted village of Assam, India; The World for the Two of Us by Kashou Iizuka presents the wedding and child-birth story of a transgendered person and his girlfriend. Metamorphosis by J.E. Tiglao delicately displays the story of a young, confused intersexed teenager who has his/her first period. Asia Pride Section also presents other interesting Asian queer films: Elsa by Jen Nee Lim is a great documentary film; How to Die Young in Manila by Peterson Vargas shows sensuous and exciting production skills; Bodies of Desire by Varsha Panikar and Saad Nawab encourages passionate love happening in a very conservative Indian society; Wig by Atanu Mukherjee, depicting the life of transgendered people in India, is also worth noticing. This year’s Asia Pride Section will also screen Pakistan films which have been difficult for Korean audiences to watch: No Beloved by Salman Alam Khan and Happy Marriage by Sana Jafri discuss the sufferings main characters experience within the society that completely neglects individuals’ sexual identities. As such, this year’s Asia Pride Section will provide special opportunity for audiences to look into the lives of sexual minorities from diverse Asian countries, share their sufferings and troubles, and enjoy characteristic films of great Asian directors.