Director: Jade Shi, Louie Liu
Cast: Daniel, Fernando
Producer: Jade Shi
Cinematographer: Jade Shi, Louie Liu
Genre: Short Documentary
Subtitles: Chinese, English
Production Company: None
Daniel and Fernando are a young gay couple living and working in Beijing. Fernando is a migrant from Xinjiang and Daniel was born and raised in Hunan. At the time of filming (2018), Fernando was attending university in Tianjing whilst Daniel had been working in the industry of media and communication in Beijing since his graduation from university. They met at a concert and started a romantic relationship thereafter. Thriving on the vibrancy, diversity, and openness of the city, Daniel and Fernando have enjoyed greatly their lives in the capital. Yet, they occasionally long for setting up a life abroad. Reminiscing their childhood and the earlier stages of their relationship, Daniel and Fernando discuss their connections with their parents, their perceptions on the closet,and their imagined futures.
导演介绍 Director Biography
Director Shi and Liu are colleagues and friends. Yujia Shi is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto. She left China in 2014 to pursue a degree in Development Studies at Queen’s University, where she met Liu. The experiences oversea have allowed Shi to develop great passion for the arts and proffered diverse understandings of China. This documentary was completed in 2018 as part of the directors’ student research project, with limited funding from the Richard Charles Lee Foundation and the Asian Institute at Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto.
Louie Liu is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester (UK), undertaking research on queer theory and contemporary queer visual cultures (with a current focus on mainland China). He moved to Toronto for high school and received his education from Queen’s University (Canada) and OCAD University.
导演阐述 Director Statement
Queer representations have transformed in the past decades or so in contemporary China. Amid a proliferating interest and production in queer visual cultures, our documentary hopes to aid, however incrementally, the understanding of queer lives in mainland China. On the one hand, queer and/or LBGT identities are a vital part of (in)forming queer experiences and cultures. On the other hand, film as a system of representation allows exploration of an array of matters closely and intimately related to sexual identities and sexualities (more broadly speaking). Our film approaches documentary through a more observational position, albeit the director/interviewer is audibly present in the work. This short documentary broaches the issues of intergenerational relations, migration, mobility, as well as desires and love.