QUEER ASIA SHORTS

AFTERWARDS
PANEL DISCUSSION WITH GUESTS

© POPO FAN

DATE

SA | 16th October 2021 | 06:30 p.m.

QUEER ASIA SHORTS

71 min—OmeU, ADMISSION FROM 18 YEARS | Triggerwarning—Racism

Curated by Sarnt Utamachote, Popo Fan, Ragil Huda, Sinema Transtopia by bi‘bak and Queer Asia in Germany. Sinema Transtopia by bi‘bak explores cinema as a space for social discourse, a place for exchange and solidarity. Queer Asia is a network of queer-identifying scholars, academics, activists, artists, and performers. It is a platform for Inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue, and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia or Asian diasporas and beyond.

QUEER ASIA SHORTS:
NAVIGATING QUEER RELATIONS AND ENCOUNTERS
“But what harm is in diversity, when there is unity in desire?”
With this question, the Indonesian president Sukarno opened the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Bandung. Whilst being known as one of the earliest global alliances of people of color in non-alignment politics, these political acteurs solely represented the interests of their own nation-states at the cost of oppressing marginal queer and indigenous groups. Thus we see an absence of these perspectives in the linear and heteronormative historical narrative of anti-colonial struggles. Imagining Queer Bandung aims to draw a bridge between this “unity in desire” and LGBTQ+ social activism, decolonial knowledge, and cinematic imagination. How can we imagine alternative approaches in which queer bodies – across Asian, African, and Caribbean contexts – participate in, produce and reclaim these larger discourses for themselves, their communities, and their liberation, as neither national nor sexual objects?

Films of this program

No Romo   Elliot Blue—DEU 2021—15‘
Beer! Beer!   Popo Fan—DEU 2019—17‘
Soy Sauce (Nuoc Tuong)   Sarnt Utamachote—DEU 2020—5‘
Jackfruit  Thùy Trang Nguyễn—DEU 2021—34‘

AFTERWARDS
PANEL DISCUSSION WITH GUESTS