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A Queer Time & Place

Leading a queer existence in a fractured world makes for heightened explorations of identity. This year’s LGBTQ+ program showcases such stories, examining how we find comfort in the actualization of our truest selves in isolation, our humanity is affirmed but in communion with others. Connection and validation in seemingly hopeless circumstances lies at the core of these short films.

Program curated by Arzhang Zafar

LIVE Q&A on 11/13 at 12:00 P.M. EST

By request and concern for the safety of a film subject in this program, this program will not be accessible in China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan.

In this program

Hajun Blooms

Directed by Mary Kim

In an attempt to explore their sexuality, Hajun descends into the heart of their church’s core beliefs of denial and shame.


Directed by Emory Chao Johnson

Video, illustration, and animation are combined in this intimate portrait of an international art student studying abroad in the United States.


Directed by Aashuka Aryal

After getting married to a stranger, a newly wed woman feels uncomfortable in her new home. Instead of seeking comfort with her husband, she is attracted to her sister-in-law.


Directed by Sajjad Shahhatami

Judged by the ones closest to him, a man must choose between sense and sensibility regarding his innermost feelings.


Directed by Achim Mendoza

A Filipino musician discovers an unauthorized cover of his song made by a rival content creator, leading to a multilingual and multicultural musical battle over social media.