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Homosexual film fest to open in Beijing
www.chinaview.cn 2005-04-20 08:43:00

    BEIJING, April 20 -- Beijing is gearing up for its second gay and lesbian film festival.

    Organized by the Film Association of Beijing University, 14 movies using alternative lifestyles as their theme will be screened from April 22 to 29 at Beijing University. Seven films are fictions produced by directors from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, while five are documentaries.

    These 14 movies include two French films: Jeanne et le Garcon Formidable and The Dream Life of Angels. They are scheduled to be shown at the Beijing French Cultural Center.

    To attract a larger audience, many of the films will have English subtitles and the ticket price for each film is 10 yuan (US$1.2). More schedule information is available at http://bglff.byhoo.com.cn.

    The first Beijing Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opened four years ago at Beijing University on Dec. 14, 2001. During the event, all the Chinese mainland movies related to homosexual topics were presented, including the first Chinese homosexual movie West Palace, East Palace (1996) and the first lesbian movie Fish and Elephant (2000). About 3,000 people attended the festival.

    The festival was originally established to create an artistic space for homosexual expression that could find little room in the mainstream media. But the second festival will see its original intentions widen.

    With the theme of the festival set to be ˇ°sex health,ˇ± not only films produced about gays or lesbians over the past three years will be shown, but also discussions will be held about sex, sexual orientation and sexual health.

    Around 10,000 people are expected to participate in the festival.

    (Source: Shenzhen Daily)

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