The Conversation in the Closet
2013 | 59 min | 廖晨玮 Liao Chen-Wei
纪录短片 Short Documentary
廖晨玮 Liao Chen-Wei
吴怡昭 Wu Yi-Chao, 廖晨玮 Liao Chen-Wei
廖晨玮 Liao Chen-Wei
廖晨玮 Liao Chen-Wei, 连晨軿 Liang Chen-Pin, 黄铃媛 Huang Ling-Yuan, 李少文 Li Shao-Wen
制作机构 Production Group
台南艺术大学音像纪录研究所 Tainan National University of the Arts
“When the children come out, the parents come in” is a classic phrase describing the process of coming out between LGBT children and parents. Discrimination against LGBT people from society is transferred from the child to the parents. This documentary is a conversation between the director and mothers of LGBT people. When the director was studying in the south of Taiwan, he filmed the life stories of these mothers. We all lived with the stigma of LGBT and struggled under it.
导演简历 Bio-Filmography of Director
Liao Chen-Wei graduated from National Taiwan University with a major in Sociology in 2007. In 2010, Liao went to graduate school for documentary making. “The Conversation in the Closet” was made during this graduate school period. After school, Liao went to KFF (Kaohsiung Film Festival) and the CNEX Film Festival, serving as print coordinator in these two film festivals. Liao cares about LGBT issues. In 2011, he made a short narrative film about elderly LGBT people called The Others for the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association. In 2013, he made a documentary series about workers with HIV called Let’s Talk about HIV.
导演阐述 Director’s Statement
The burden of being LGBT is transferred onto parents in Chinese families. Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association (TTHA) gave me the power to face my family. Finishing the documentary will not cause the issue of coming out the closet to disappear. It is a lifelong issue.