Young and Queerly Rebellious: Panel Discussion and Screening of Girlfriend, Boyfriend

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 20147:00PM - 12:00PMInnis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
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Set in Taipei and Kaohsiung, Girlfriend, Boyfriend (Ya-che Yang, 2012), unfolds a poignant coming-to-age story about relationship, friendship and political activism. Looming over the queer love triangle is the winding path for democratic reform in Taiwan from the late 1980s to the new millennium. Over the span of two decades, three rebellious Taiwanese youths’ once uncompromised faith in freedom and love gradually fades out, replaced by their tacit wonder towards their sociopolitical reality and moral integrity. The film thereby subtly interrogates the extent to which Taiwan has upheld the spirit of democracy. Upon its release, the film was critically acclaimed in Taiwan, receiving seven nominations at the Golden Horse Film Award and earning Best Actress for its lead star Kwei Lunmei. Director Ya-che Yang is also known for his earlier film Orz Boy (2008).

This event includes a panel discussion on the intersection between queer culture, cinema, and politics in Taiwan and the screening of Girlfriend, Boyfriend. Admission is free. As an effort to help fundraise for The Home Promised documentary production, a raffle draw will be held at the reception after the screening.


7:00-9:00 Panel Discussion at Innis Café
Panelists TBC
(light snack boxes will be provided)

9:15-11:00 Screening ofGirlfriend, Boyfriend at Innis Town Hall
(doors open at 9:00 pm)

11:00 Reception and Raffle Draw at Innis Café

Admission is free. Seats are limited, please register.


Lisa Qiu

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


The Cinema Studies Institute

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The Home Promised

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan)


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