1. Justice for Maya
Director: Jamie Chi
The Philippines Hong Kong / 2019 / 3 mins / Experimental / Asian Premiere
Maya used to be the national bird of the Philippines and is one of more than 130 bird species that are known to engage in homosexual behaviour. The Maya is equated to a bird trapped in a cage as well as within a larger social system. This story is not only about the Maya’s strength to fight for their rights and claim their space but is also a metaphor for us - human beings - and our fight in society.
Director: Max Yu
China / 2019 / 13 mins / Drama
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Li Peiyan is forced to walk in her trans daughter Dou Xun’s footsteps to piece together the identity of Dou Xun and confronts what role she may have played in her only child’s sudden disappearance.
Director: Astor Stark
USA / 2018 / 20 mins / Drama / Asian Premiere
Gia is a “stealth” transgender woman - able to pass as cis but still contending with her love interest at work and a run-in with the Unicorn Gang.
4. Les lèvres gercées
Director: Fabien Corre Kelsi Phung
France / 2018 / 5 mins / Animation
In French with English subtitles
In a kitchen a mother and a child struggle to establish a dialogue.
5. The Boy Who Wanted to Fly
Director: Jorge Muriel
Spain / 2018 / 21 mins / Drama In Spanish with English subtitles
In the Madrid of the ‘80s Ivan a five-year-old boy is confronted with the birth of a new brother. His sister is dad’s favourite the new-born is mum’s favourite. What role does he play in this new situation? What if he could fly and escape?
6. How to Make a Rainbow
Director: Ryan Maxey
USA / 2019 / 16 mins / Documentary / Asian Premiere
The story centres around a young girl Alaizah and her process of figuring out what to call her ‘papa’ who is in the first stages of a gender transition. Together they navigate homelessness Jade’s exploration of gender as well as the daily joys and struggles of growing up.
7. Trans 128
Director: Jimmy Zhang
USA / 2019 / 6 mins / Documentary / Asian Premiere
Queer and trans spaces in San Francisco Bay Area are places of safety community and worship. Frida Ibarra uses her electronic music as a platform to facilitate space for Queer and Trans people of colour. Her sounds are eclectic and are largely influenced by her interest in electronic-experimental music.
8. Hiding in Daylight
Director: Cheryl Allison
USA / 2019 / 15 mins / Drama / Asian Premiere
After a gay purge four best friends are surviving by living in fake marriages to each other. They secretly meet once a week to play a “game” where they reminisce about their former openly gay lives. One night emotions running high friendships begin to unravel and everything changes in an instant.
Director: Jake Graf
UK / 2019 / 5 mins / Drama /
Featuring young trans actors in trans roles this film honestly and frankly depicts some of the myriad struggles experienced daily by trans children and teenagers giving a much-needed voice to this often maligned section of the community.