1. Program
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  3. Film Series
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  5. ASIAN QUEERS REUNITED
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  7. (OPEN AIR) SHORTS

(OPEN AIR) SHORTS

curated by Beijing Queer Film Festival

The screening is followed by a discussion with the Popo Fan

CCTV
Samira Karimi, Iran, 2023, 10 min, Persian with English subtitles, DCP

Water Under the Bridge
Zhang Yichuan, China, 2023, 16 min, Chinese with English subtitles, DCP

Watercolor Rose
Dandan Lang, France, Germany, 2022, 23 min, Chinese with English subtitles, DCP

Jouissance
Sadeq Es-haqi, Iran, 2022, 22 min, Persian with English subtitles, DCP

KISS
Varun Grover, India, 2022, 17 min, English, Hindi with English subtitles, DCP

Future Flowers
Hao Zhou, China, 2022, 10 min, Chinese with English subtitles, DCP

The shorts in this program – which all featured in the latest Beijing Queer Film Festival – outline queer love and relationships that take place in closely surveilled environments. In CCTV, two girls try to escape from surveillance while in Water Under the Bridge and Watercolor Rose, queer lovers manage to find a home, either in their own hometown or someplace else. Jouissance introduces a third person in an attempt to discuss how the ghostly past coexists with our monogamous relationships. With KISS and Future Flowers, things get particularly intriguing as we enter a hopeful and surreal realm where conditions have the potential to improve. (BJQFF)

Popo Fan is a filmmaker, writer, and activist from China. He is the co-founder of the Queer University Video Training Camp and has been an organizer of the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade.