Covid-19 Community Support Screenings

We are pleased to announce that ‘Queer’ Asia will be hosting online film screenings in support of different queer Asian communities, commencing on June 1 and running throughout June and July. Please note some films have overlapping screening dates.

Registration for each film is via the links below. Please note registration starts from first day of the screening (e.g. 1 June 0030 BST for a film running 1 June – 12 June)

All screenings are FREE but please consider making a donation to suggested charities supported by the filmmakers (information provided below). Suggested donation (if UK based): £5

*Information will be updated below ASAP about TBC online discussions with filmmakers*


1 June – 12 June 2020

Call Her Ganda
Dir. PJ Raval
In partnership with Queer@King’s
Suggested Charity: GANDA Filipinas (helping the Laude Family and Atty. Virginia Suarez obtain #Justice4Jennifer )
Donation via: http://www.callherganda.com/calltoganda/
REGISTER HERE (Tickets available from 1 June)

This documentary focuses on Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, who was brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine. It follows three women intimately invested in the case: an activist attorney, a transgender journalist, and Jennifer’s mother as they galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of US imperialism.


1 June – 17 June

Extravaganza
Dir. Matthew Baren
In partnership with Queer@King’s
Suggested Charity: The Outside Project (UK’s first LGBTIQ+ Community Shelter & Centre)
Donation via: https://www.goldengiving.com/wall/the-outside-project
REGISTER HERE (Tickets available from 1 June)

July, 2017, Shanghai.
Drag queen Miss Jade has brought together 12 of the city’s drag performers for a one night show. They are the fiercest kings and queens in town. Extravaganza takes you behind the scenes of one of China’s most dynamic drag scenes. Feel the shade, live the fantasy.


5 June – 20 June

The Drum Tower
Dir. Fan Popo
In partnership with LSE Spectrum + EmbRace
Suggested Charity: Beijing LGBT Center (organising activities and events for Beijing’s LGBTQ community)
Donation via: paypal.me/popofan
REGISTER HERE (Tickets available from 5 June)
Fan Popo and Kacchan in conversation with Dr. Jacob Breslow – 18/05/2020 at 18:00 over Microsoft Teams (Link provided on registration above)

Engaging with life and companionship in urban cityscapes in China, Popo’s film ‘The Drum Tower’ features an all transgender cast and is the first Chinese film with an all lead trans cast.


10 June – 26 June

Ghost Empire § Cyprus
Dir. Susan Thomson
In partnership with LSE Spectrum + EmbRace + Queer@King’s
Suggested Charity: The Human Dignity Trust (supporting strategic litigation to challenge laws that persecute people on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity)
Donation via: https://www.humandignitytrust.org/donate/
REGISTER HERE (Tickets available from 10 June)

Ghost Empire § Cyprus looks at the numerous recent arrests of gay men in Northern Turkish occupied Cyprus, including even the former Finance Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, under a British colonial law dating from 1889. The film looks at the internationally unrecognized North of Cyprus, the last divided capital of Europe and also the last place in Europe to criminalize homosexuality. The film talks to lawyers involved in a case taken to the European Court of Human Rights, and the ultimate repeal of the law in January 2014. The film also charts the first Pride Parades in May 2014.


15 June – 3 July

Is It Too Much To Ask?
Dir. Leena Manimekalai
In partnership with Queer@King’s
Suggested Charity: Sampoorna (A Network of Trans* and Intersex Indians Across the Globe)
Donation via: paypal.me/queerasia (all proceeds will be forwarded to the charity)
REGISTER HERE (Tickets available from 15 June)

‘Is it too much to ask’ follows the journey of two friends Smile and Glady, looking for a rental apartment in Chennai and the obstacles and social stigma they encounter in not just looking for a home, but being single and the fact that they are transgender women.


5 July – 17 July

Haki Fadi
Dir. CTDC (Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration)
In partnership with LSE Spectrum + EmbRace + Queer@King’s
Suggested Charity: Al Rafah Social Care (providing support services for Palestinian elderly in Ramallah)
Donation via: paypal.me/queerasia (all proceeds will be forwarded to the charity)
REGISTER HERE (Tickets available from 5 July)

This film is a statement by non-normative people in the MENA region, who refuse to define and box themselves. The film does not only point out the multiple struggles non-normative people face, but also conveys the message that the key to resistance is love.


18 July – 29 July

Le Coup
Dir. Jackie Nassour
In partnership with LSE Spectrum + EmbRace
Suggested Charity: Helem (Beirut) (NGO working towards justice and equality for LGBTIQ+ people in Lebanon and SWANA region)
Donation via: paypal.me/queerasia (all proceeds will be forwarded to the charity)
REGISTER HERE (Tickets available 18 July)

A beautiful short film about two girls from different backgrounds who find one another and express their similarities in a dance.