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Asia’s longest-running queer film festival wq36cujTe&3lz=_rF2Rm(FKcUFVk4BZaZDrMit+R0Cw5U0IsYn-ill 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 festival’s programqbCDkTBTEFCuzQ8IgHFiE4%#[email protected]=+AM3vT*zt6*Qq9ob+2o9.

"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 pays tribute to 64u*3Tg=+sg+M9uOOqcQ%y4DU_%80qCoRmt9RF)VxNEk(*EUJuthe 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 Chi_Uj=SM19XZcBYHEn^wN)[email protected]@z7y4ee31LGP4L5V4cnese Cinema, A Woman is A Woman, and Butterfly as well as a short film titled My Way.

The f+)Doelcw#ZuZ7Mkre#B#C3d6KK-cIi9(GZ7MePjUN-aF&8A23Xestival’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, will open the festival.

As ever, HKGLFF highlights regional films. The two centrepiece films are award-winninzS4nFKoFW*uF+Q0AsS)K5uZhz!+5XgBsd(15VzKSzs(eE$vm9^g Song Long from Vietnam and Between The Seasons from South Korea.

In a first, this year the festival will bring LGBTI cinema to more corners of the city. The We Are GAYbours initiative will see screenings and Q and As take place in residential district Sham StYRw((HHj2Pz(ubjeu)[email protected]!x=Gf0$+(Mo%n2uuP8nYqaDhui Po.

As ever, the festival will alsoVF)Y7!=NHLPPVrGORtGLjMD*shFog=R4$+SO90=v#1FbT#!WA8 recognize the commitment to LGBTI rights from Hong Kongers with the Prism 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 ser[email protected]^E4CG01O&STmNlCOtg9FXV12Her$N^pq1dk+R#G(vants and equality in the eyes of the tax department. It was a major step forward in LGBTI rights in the city.

“Be proud of yourself,” Leung said, according to HKLGFF. "Love wins. Love will win again and ag+#wCVnJQ#Vyh=%Z#-HfOS-NMoDsTG=i*14tb9Du+e&twB$iq5Eain.”

On September 8, HKLGFF will host a discuszLBw33dEZfPAhLs99Ns4b7c0UZ17^MGdKomLsuowB2X&e0f%8Osion panel of the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance members. Guests will travel from as far as Sri Lanka and Pakistan to attend.

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