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WE ARE HERE + Q&A
WE ARE HERE + Q&A

ma 29 jul

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Pride Hub

WE ARE HERE + Q&A

What happens when 300 lesbians from around the world attend the largest United Nations conference? How did two busloads of lesbians headed to an underground nightclub help spark the birth of a lala (LBT) movement in China? Director: Shi Tou and Jing Zhao, 2015. Language: Chinese/English Subtitles

Time & Location

29 jul 2024, 19:00 – 20:30

Pride Hub, Wibautstraat 129, 1091 GL Amsterdam, Netherlands

About the event

At the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the first ever lesbian tent at an UN NGO Forum was created. At the tent, ideas were shared, connections were made, identities were assured . . . with a growing emergence of energy for change.

Join us for this documentary that explores the formation of a movement, followed by a Q&A session with Shitou and MingMing, long-time LGBTQ+ activists in Mainland China. 

This event will be followed by a drinks and networking evening in the Pride Hub organised by the Gay Asian Professionals group. 

About the filmmakers:

Shi Tou is an artist working with painting, photography, video and film and her art works and films have been showed in many exhibition and film festivals all around the world. She has been involved in the LGBTQ+ movement since the 1990s. She was the first lesbian to come out on China’s public television when she appeared in a TV talk show with Li Yinhe and Cui Zi’en in 2000 discussing the issue of homosexuality. Its rating was 300 million. She was also the art director of the documentary Dream on the Wall, which won the best short film award at the 2010 Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Film Festival. She played a lead role in Fish and Elephant (dir. Li Yu, 2001), the first feature-length lesbian film from Mainland China which later won prizes at film festivals in Venice and Berlin film festivals.

Shitou combines artistic creation with social practice. In 2008, together with friends she established China Queer Independent films. From 2008 until now, they go to different places every year, traveling all over China, from cities to towns, and have held over 300 screenings, with an audience in the tens of thousands.

Jing Zhao is a publisher, multimedia producer, co-founder and chief-editor of les+, a major media outlet for the queer women community in China. Jing has been a pioneer LGBTQ+ activist in China since 2005.

Mingming is a filmmaker, photographer, activist, and a co-coordinator of China Queer Independent films. Her films have appeared in many film festivals around the world, including the China Documentary Film Festival, the Asian Women's Film Festival (Berlin), the Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Film Festival, South Taiwan Film Festival, Women Make Waves International Film Festival (Taiwan), Elles Tournament Festival (Brussels), and the Beijing Queer Film Festival. Her film “Dream on The Wall” won the best short film award at the 2010 Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Film Festival.

Mingming as one of photographers and editors in “We are Here”.

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