Director｜Junmi Chen, Guo Gao
Screenwriter｜Guo Gao, Shuo Li, Alexis Wang, Junmi Chen
Cinematographer｜Shuo Li, Guo Gao, Junmi Chen, Alexis Wang
Dialogue｜Mandarin, Southwestern Mandarin
Production Company｜Queer Comrades
On the 17th birthday of transgender girl Huang Xiaodi, the whole family gathered to celebrate her birthday. After dinner, her parents asked her to get in the car and take her to buy a birthday present. However, what awaited her was not the store, but an “Internet addiction school” on Gele Mountain in Chongqing. They believed that this would convert Xiaodi and make her a “normal” boy. Trapped in a “private prison”, Xiaodi learned to give in. In the face of violence and humiliation, she suffered disgrace to won the trust of instructors. Under her patience, a chance to escape finally came.
Chen Junmi, who lives in Beijing, is concerned about the situation of young LGBT people and has tried to promote anti-bullying in campus and prevent suicide among LGBT teenagers with films. Xiaodi is his first documentary.
Gao Guo, a queer born in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in 1997.
He graduated from the Engraving Department of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2019 and was the former president of the Group of XAFA Olive Tree Public Welfare Society. After graduation, he worked as a choreographer and director, and now lives in Chaoyang, Beijing.
Try our best to turn the abstract so-called “conversion therapy” into a unique experience through film, which makes people feel the insult to personality and the destruction of dignity. At the same time, we reviewed Xiaodi’s personal growth history and family memories to help the audience understand the experience and growth process of a transgender person.