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Documentary Feature

Queer Japan

October 28, 2019 @ 3:45 pm

This film will also screen on Sunday, 10/27 at 6:45pm

Queer Japan

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

Presented in partnership with Bubble_T, Q-Wave, and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.


October 28, 2019
3:45 pm
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Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8
260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
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