Queer East Festival 2024
17 — 28 April
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Skin Can Breathe
US, 2022

Short Form,
Directed by
Running time
11 mins

After moving to America with his mother, a Cambodian teenager named Soda struggles navigating his queer identity both at home and within the awkwardly erotic nature of his school’s all-boys swimming team. Finding no place to be, Soda seeks refuge in the water of the swimming pool. 

Director Bio

Chheangkea is a Cambodian-American filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. He is in his fourth year as a Dean’s Fellow at the NYU Tisch Graduate Film Program, focusing on screenwriting, directing, and cinematography. Currently, Chheangkea is preparing his thesis short while developing a feature film about a Cambodian woman’s life. 


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