Global Queers

Global Queers

108 Minute Running Time

Four documentaries shine a light on the trials and triumphs of diverse queer groups from around the world. Though it hardly comes as a surprise that LGBT groups face persecution worldwide, these films fly past that general concept and instead detail the inventive ways different queer groups build and protect their cultures.

Pecah Lobang (Busted) focuses on the mak nyah (male to female transsexual) community in multicultural, Islamic, Malaysia, where conservative forces have instituted laws that disempower the mak nyahs. The doc intelligently surveys a series of ideas about gender, religion and culture. A Taiwanese storefront’s status as a galvanizing force and its subsequent legal battles provide a fascinating and insightful story about persistence and quiet strength in Welcome to My Queer Bookstore. The store’s owner, J. J. Lai, is erudite and his archivist’s sensibilities belie a steely resolve. Queer Sarajevo Festival 2008 documents the hateful backlash against the first queer film festival in Sarajevo, which was scheduled to take place during the Musilm holy month of Ramadan in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The government and hooligans stood together in attempts to end the festival. Finally, Krudas features bumpin’ Cuban lesbian hip hop artists with infectious music and smiles.

Text Voting Codes:

Pecah Lobang (Busted): S534
Welcome to My Queer Bookstore: S577
Queer Sarajevo Festival 2008: S613
Krudas: S582



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