Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kunitachi film fest

Kunitachi Queer Film Festival
What the heck is human sexuality?!
Come and join us to watch the documentaries "Drifting" and "Transgender Trouble", accompanied by a discussion with the directors of both films.
Let's see if we can come up with some answers together about our own sexual identities.
Films will be shown in original Japanese with English subtitles.
March 1 (Sat), Doors open 3:30 PM
4 PM
"Drfting" (Directed by Ayumi Nakagawa, 64 min, 2010) Trailer (no subtitles English): Http://Www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=GHs9mjUJyKc
A different workplace, another home .... 27-year-old Ryo wants to be anywhere but where he finds himself at the moment. This documentary depicts the rough life of a young man in relationships with other men in Tokyo. We follow him through the ups and downs of his life, breaking up with his live-in boyfriend, finding a job that brings him closer to his dream of being a fashion designer, fighting with his mom, attending the Pride Parade, and other scenes of his daily life. The work invites us to reflect on the state of Japan in a world in which an increase in the rights of sexual minorities has resulted in the ability to marry in more than 15 countries.
5:30 PM
"Transgender Trouble" (Directed by Koki Ebata, 100 min, 2011) Trailer (no subtitles English): Http://Www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=ysTuDgkyXJY
In Japan, transvestites, transgendered people, and those with Gender Identity Disorder are treated as outcasts, used for entertainment, and are regularly shown in appalling stereotypes on television and in the media. Their reality in fact represents a vast and not easily definable range of experiences and existences. The director of this documentary, herself transgendered, focuses her camera's gaze specifically on the performers in a 'New Half' (Shemale) cabaret show in Tokyo. Official Selection, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 2011.
7:40 PM
Discussion with directors Ayumi Nakagawa and Koki Ebata
1-17-12 Fujimidai, Kunitachi, Tokyo (phone: 042-574-3602)
2 minute walk from North Exit of Yaho Station on the JR Nanbu Line
Organized by: Kunitachi Demonstration Yaro Kai
For admission a donation of around ¥ 1,000 is requested.
An LGBT-themed display of visual art by Malaysian artist Shiekoreto (presently in Japan) will also be on display!
Light refreshments will also be served! http://nonukes-kunitachi.blogspot.jp/2014/02/q-u-e-e-r-f-i-l-m-f-e-s-t-i-v-l.html

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