This heart-warming collection of coming-of-age dramas captures those soon-to-be-lost moments in queer youth, from the excitement of first encounters and first kisses, to the pain of first breakups and the courage of first coming-outs.
Set amidst East and Southeast Asian cultures, these stories offer a refreshing perspective on the complexities and nuances of individual queer lives, while highlighting our shared experiences across borders – inviting us all to live young once again.
i get so sad sometimes (Philippines, 2021) – Trishtan Perez
A gay teenager eagerly waits for a mature man to reveal his face after developing an anonymous sexual relationship online.
Swimming in the Dark (Taiwan, 2022) – Pin-Ru Chen
As a national swimming competition looms, inseparable friends Wen-chi and Ann’s friendship is tested.
The Voice (Mongolia, 2022) – Maral Ayurzana
A teenager decides to come out to his future self on a voice recorder.
Rooted (Taiwan, 2022) – Yi-Wei Wu
An unexpected encounter by the sea stirs up repressed desires in Xiao Wu’s heart.
We Were Never Really Strangers (Philippines, 2022) – Patrick Pangan
Two strangers seek familiarity in a random encounter, that sets them on a path towards pursuing certainty in their lives. dir.
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