The Shepherds (UK Premiere)

Elvis Lu
70 min

Lexi Cinema

19 April




This documentary charts the struggles of LGBTQ+ Christians in Taiwan, and the challenges they face in making their voices heard. In 1996, a heterosexual female pastor founded the first Taiwanese church to affirm LGBTQ+ people, finally providing them with a safe haven. Today, while the founder has passed away, the church members continue to express their faith, and to confront social discrimination and institutional prejudice. But this comes at a high personal cost, with some living a precarious and desperate existence. Director Elvis Lu’s compassionate film captures the bravery and defiance of this religious community. In particular, it focuses on their role in challenging traditional notions of the family and advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan.

Introduction by Christopher Brown, University of Sussex



Additional Information

Preceded by

Lupah Sug
Dir Rhadem Camlian Morados | Philippines | 2018 | 30 min

This documentary narrates the first-hand accounts of a group of LGBTQ+ people in a Muslim-majority region of the southern Philippines, as they struggle for a safe space and acceptance.

As part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, £5 Special Tickets for Brent residents with the support from Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

With support from Taiwan Film Institute and Taiwan Docs.