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Queer East Shorts – Can You Keep a Secret?

Presented by Queer East & Fabrica &

(1hr&42min / Subtitled / Rated 15)

The short films in this collection tell the stories of queer people who conceal the truth about their sexualities – who face discrimination just for being themselves, so choose a life of duality. The characters are kids, teenagers and younger adults who, experiencing moments of profound transition in their lives, lurk in society’s shadows, engage in acts of deception, and experience passion behind closed doors. Depicting the pleasure and jeopardy involved in keeping secrets, these are films about role-play in its myriad forms.

Kado (A Gift) | Dir Aditya Ahmad | Indonesia | 2018 | 15 min

Isfi leads a dual existence, dressing as a boy when amongst her male friends, but wearing a hijab at her best friend Nita’s house.

Hidden | Dir Kuo Hsuan-Chi | Taiwan | 2021 | 30 min

A gay teenager doesn’t realise that his best friend has been carrying a secret of his own.

Solid | Dir Iwasa Hiroki | Japan | 2020 | 14 min

A man with an injured finger visits another man’s apartment for sex.

Return to Sender | Dir Htet Aung Lwyn | Myanmar | 2020 | 23 min

A young postman in Myanmar accidentally reads a letter full of covert family correspondence.

The Third Solar Term | Dir Zhanfei Song | China, UK | 2021 | 20 min

Qizhe’s mother catches him having a secret rendezvous with a red-haired man.


Queer East Film Festival

Queer East is an LGBTQ+ film festival that showcases rarely seen queer cinema from East and Southeast Asia. Seeking to amplify the voices of Asian communities in the UK, the festival explores the forces that have shaped the current queer landscape in Asia.

Fabrica is hosting Queer East Film Festival events at on Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 October.

Doors & bar will open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Pay bar and affordable popcorn stand on site.

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19th - 19th Oct


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