This documentary shines a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ community in Shanghai, and their pursuit of freedom and equality. The film, directed by Chinese LGBTQ+ rights activist Xiangqi Chen, shares collective memories of the fifteen-year development of Shanghai’s queer community between 2003 and 2018, tracing the dramatic transformation of the city’s urban social landscape over the past few decades. Through a series of oral interviews and tours around local queer spaces, the documentary offers a rare insight into the city’s grassroots queer activism, featuring perspectives from frontline activists, scholars, and artists, discussing their first-hand experience, strategies, and visions.
Dir Xiangqi Chen | China | 2019 | 90 min
In Conversation – Queering Shanghai: A Grassroots Approach
Date: Thursday 16 July Time: 2 PM, London / 9 PM, Shanghai Moderator: Daniel Conway (University of Westminster) Panellist: Xiangqi Chen | Director of Shanghai Queer) Ting | Founder and Director of Shanghai Queer Film Festival Will | Co-founder of CINEMQ