Screening followed by a Q&A Panel
Date: Thurs Dec 8
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: 40 Willcocks St, Room 1016
(Wilson Hall, University of Toronto)
—Proceeds will go to Queer Asian Youth & ACAS
2012 Chinese Documentary Festival (Hong Kong)
2012 South Taiwan Film Festival (Taiwan)
2013 ShanghaiPRIDE (China)
2013 Beijing Queer Film Festival (China)
2015 Ying E Chi Macau Film Festival (Macau)
Legal rights of the LGBTQ community have improved dramatically this year in Asia. Two districts of Tokyo have already started issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships and Taiwan is just one step away from national legislation for same-sex marriage. However, in Hong Kong, the so-called “International City”, the government has barred foreign consulates from issuing marriage certificates to their own citizens, let alone recognizing same-sex relationships for the local people.This documentary will shed some light on the problems and barriers that same-sex couples are facing in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Guy & Henry met in Hong Kong. They travelled to Vancouver in 2011 to get married and relocated to Toronto in 2015. The couple will attend the Q&A session after the screening.
Can two people form a family solely for the sake of love? Guy and Henry, a couple deeply in love, had willingly travelled all the way from Hong Kong to Vancouver, Canada in order to get married, when such marriage is not even recognized legally in their hometown. Why did they make such a big effort to do this? What is the true meaning of marriage? Under the mentality of Chinese families in a post-colonial society like Hong Kong and through their marriage, how did the couple realize their family members’ hope regarding their union? As the couple got married in a relatively open society like Canada, how are the newlyweds influenced by the western society’s mentality and its marriage regulations?