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Out Run

S. Leo CHIANG / Johnny SYMONS

12세이상관람가 Under 12 not admitted 75min the Philippines, USA 2016

TV Tue, 23th August 24:35

Arthouse MOMO 2nd Hall Wed, 24th August 19:00 TG

Arthouse MOMO 2nd Hall Fri, 26th August 15:00

※ TG : Talk with Guest

Director

S. Leo CHIANG / Johnny SYMONS

S. Leo Chiang is a documentarian based in San Francisco and Taipei. His Emmy-nominated film, A Village Called Versailles, about the transformation of the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans, picked up eight film festival awards. His recent documentary, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, won the Inspiration Award at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. He is currently the co-chair of New Day Films, the American social-issue documentary distribution co-operative. Johnny Symons is a Bay Area documentary filmmaker focusing on LGBT cultural and political issues. His feature documentary Daddy & Papa premiered at Sundance, was broadcasted on PBS’ Independent Lens, and nominated for a national Emmy for Best Documentary. He co-produced the Academy Award nominated Night’s Journey Into Day, which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. He is assistant professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University, where he is coordinator of the Documentary Program and director of the Queer Cinema Institute.

Synopsis

As leader of the world's only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation is not an easy feat. The activists mobilize working-class trans hairdressers and beauty queens to join the fight against their main political opponent, and prove that it’s time to take the rights of LGBT people seriously. Out Run provides their transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.

Review

The starting point of Out Run is May 2012, one year before the general election in the Philippines. The LGBT communities in the country wanted something more effective than ‘coming out’. “Miss Gay Contest” was tolerated by the Philippine people, but the LGBT wanted to make sure their human rights were protected. So they established the only political party around the world that advocates sexual minorities, named Ladlad. Ladlad, meaning “out of the closet”, decides to win three seats in the Congress. Can LGBT politicians be accepted in the conservative, Catholic Philippine society? People said, “ask God for forgiveness”, and thought they are worthless and untrustworthy. Can Ladlad make it to the Congress? The film Out Run follows Ladlad’s new election campaign, which they built upon the lessons they learned from the failure in the 2010 election. Their primary goal is to make and pass equal opportunity bills, and they do not make hasty actions on sensitive issues, such as samesex marriage. They wanted acceptance, not tolerance, but they failed again. Two years later, one candidate left the Philippines, and the rest continues their struggle. Out Run is a story of beautiful and strong people. It speaks to the heart, as all stories about the fight between those who are equal but do not have equal rights. (LEE Yongcheol)

Festivals

  • Asian Premiere / Full Frame 2016

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