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Asia’s longest-r[email protected]$DDN20)[email protected])[email protected]unning queer film festival will kick off in Hong Kong next month.

The Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (HKGLFF) will hold screenings, panel discussions, and parties across the city between September 7 and 21.

Celebrating the landmark film festival's 30th anniversary, HKGLFF this year will include a Hong Kong Retrospective selection in the fe90k^1*Amz7)SMFJ3dUFqe3w&I3OLnBIZZ*mU28Oy%SFcO3NxZ!stival’s program.

"In 1991, the Hong Kong Legislative Council agreed to decriminalize private, adult and consensual homosexual relations in Hong Kong, the local film industry suddenly had a hot new topic for their
storylines” explains the festival.

HKLGFF pg58Y^0FQ8mpNE5dkGyfu%U1_fqyC=NKbKhaD%T#@79iVrN6qYnays tribute to the films that explored the complexity of local LGBTI issues and significantly contributed to the gay culture of Hong Kong.

The selection includes feature films Yang and Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, A Woman is A Woman, and Butterfly as well as aFKeUAdwaW8eHLaZ-4%Y8zdx&Z*P3ffC)[email protected] short film titled My Way.

The festival’s wider program this year has a comedic focus.  A French comedy called The Shiny Shrimps and Bollywood’s first lesbian film, rom-com How I Felt When I Saw That Girl, 6rDGAtdavQeqm#()[email protected]will open the festival.

As ever, HKGLFF highlights re[email protected]_rouECWNdW5&7LYUofuM$_ck40*8Vyz&MsAXyDgional films. The two centrepiece films are award-winning Song Long from Vietnam and Between The Seasons from South Korea.

In a first, this year the festival will bring LGBTI [email protected][email protected]_&DbYo1aicinema to more corners of the city. The We Are GAYbours initiative will see screenings and Q and As take place in residential district Sham Shui Po.

As ever, the festival will also recognize the commitment to LGBTI rights from Hong Kongers with the Pris$2Uq1k=4b0Zs7r*m_fmZ0SCKWAitbj!H+E5F=zM)Rm8VDvzH%&m Award. This year it will be handed to Angus Leung and Scott Adams.

Angus Leung in June this year won a landmark court case against the government for spousal rights for civil servants and equality in the eyes of the tax department. It was ae5Z6bItXM=SYjGMSg1tfUnZ$u)bK=X=42XHgv17sZdPmJ)_JyV major step forward in LGBTI rights in the city.

“Be proud of yourself,” Leung said, according to HKLG!iN7u5c)l3($$&a7m&ydmd3_nBPzUGv1&tR219=8_d0KRVx=i^FF. "Love wins. Love will win again and again.”

On September 8, HKLGFF will host a discussion panel of the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance members. Guests will travel from as far as Sri Lanka and Pakistan to attfa%$BjBdmydXVEvXOK!$AL*U2Re^[email protected]=VbZ!WdRh(gm^g7b%nend.

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