In 1984, Richard Fung released his seminal documentary Orientations: Lesbian & Gay Asians. Featuring fourteen women and men in Toronto of different Asian backgrounds, it was the first documentary to explore the experiences and perspectives of queer Asians in North America. Over thirty years after the film’s release, Fung revisits some of the original participants, offering a fascinating peek into the lives and thoughts of seven queer pan-Asian Canadians. Re:Orientations features the original interviewees as they watch the footage of their younger selves, reflect on how their lives have changed, and discuss how the world around them has evolved over the intervening three decades. Their interviews are contextualized by conversations with six younger queer and trans activists, scholars and artists. Bold in scope, Re:Orientations relates the history of over three decades of queer Asian experience in Canada.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Richard Fung.
Richard Fung is a Toronto-based video artist, writer, theorist and educator. His work comprises a series of challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography, to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, and his own family history. His work, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000) and Uncomfortable (2005), has been widely screened internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada and the USA.