Together, We Rise: Queer Shorts
- Short Film Programs
- 72 mins
Throughout history LGBTQ+ people have found strength in their communities. From the ball culture in New York City in the 1980s, to families both given and found, to friends and spiritual leaders, community can provide unconditional love, acceptance, and allyship. From a comedic science fiction take on the coming-out story to a film about embracing your gender identity, this showcase explores how community and connection empower LGBTQ+ people across the globe.
Program curated by Eric Hung and Wren Lee
Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.
In this program
Directed by Urvashi Pathania
A non-binary South Asian teenager uses Bharatanatyam dance to explore their gender identity.
Directed by Nicole Teeny
Forced to hide their relationship while making the Hajj, El-Farouk—a gay Imam—and his husband Troy co-founded Unity Mosque in Toronto, one of the first queer-affirming and gender-equal mosques. Despite death threats, the mosque forges on, playing a life-saving role in the lives of its members.
Directed by Naman Gupta
When coming out to his traditional and god fearing parents, Sid uses his time machine to reset the day trying to make sure everything goes perfect.
Directed by Nicolas Jara, Yen Dinh
Tiffany, a K-drama fanatic and Thanh, an anime and gaming nerd, are roommates fresh out of college. Hoping to help her roommate put themself out in the romantic world, Tiffany secretly makes Thanh a dating profile. Thanh must decide whether to speak up or let Tiffany walk all over them.
Directed by Caroline Guo
On the night of their first anniversary in Beijing, a young Chinese woman is confronted with a life-changing decision: whether she should keep herself and her Asian-American girlfriend hidden from her traditional family with the upcoming Chinese New Year, or live out her dream as her true self.