East Coast Premiere
Dir. Graham Kolbeins, USA and Japan, 2019, 100 mins
While queer and trans subject-matter remains somewhat taboo in parts of Japan, Graham Kolbeins assembled an extraordinary group of artists, activists, and community-leaders who are fighting to shift societal and political perspectives on the LGBTQ+ community. Featuring the country’s first transgender elected-official Aya Kamikawa, erotic manga illustrator Gengoroh Tagame, lesbian bar-owner Chiga Ogawa, and many more, Kolbeins’ film demonstrates the wide range of experiences, identities, and obstacles among Japan’s queer and trans pioneers.
Our community is not a monolith, and Kolbeins showcases that beautifully and organically here. QUEER JAPAN is not a tragic look of queer oppression and exclusion, but rather a celebration of community, originality, and the inherent power of loving ourselves.
Writer: Graham Kolbeins and Anne Ishii
Cast: Vivienne Sato, Gengoroh Tagame, Atsushi Matsuda, Nogi Sumiko, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Akira the Hustler, Tomato Hatakeno
Q&A to follow