Meta House LGBT PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2016
#37, Sothearos Blvd.
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
Fixed +855- (0)23 – 218 987
Mobil +855- (0) 10- 312 333
PLEASE JOIN US FROM MAY 17 – 22 FOR
THE PRIDE WEEK @ META HOUSE
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)
is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that
raise awareness of LGBTI rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTI
rights work worldwide.
On this occasion, Meta House launches its week-long CAMBODIA PRIDE film
festival with films from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand,
Singapore, Switzerland and many other countries. NGO Presentations and
expert talks accompany the screenings. Thanks to the Indonesian Q-Film
Festival and the Yangon Film School for contributing new documentaries and
feature films, as well as to the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok for supporting the
Cambodian premiere screening of “THE CIRCLE”.
This year’s PRIDE exhibition – supported by the German Goethe Institute and
“Impulse Phnom Penh” – features photos by Heinrich von Schimmer (Germany),
Klaus Dieter Balke (Germany) and Chan Ravy (Cambodia), as well as the
“I AM WHAT I AM” photo campaign. Also on display are paintings by Cambodian
artist Sous Sodavy and the community art installation RAINBOW
GLOBE. Please join us for the opening on May 17, from 5:30PM. At, 7PM, a
role-play against stigmatization will be performed by a group of the local
transgender activists leading by Sou Sotheavy. The music group “Fire Fox
Dance Group” ”, singer “Mr. Nathew” and other singers will voice their
support. Let the rainbow shine!
THE PRIDE WEEK @ META HOUSE
OUR SCHEDULE: EXHIBITION, PERFORMANCES, FILMS & TALKS
From 5.30PM: Meta House opens its week-long CAMBODIA PRIDE film festival
with an exhibition, performances, talks and other activities. Free condoms
will be distributed in front of our gallery, in coop. with “Impulse Phnom Penh”.
The 6PM PRIDE exhibition – supported by the German Goethe Institute and
“Impulse Phnom Penh”– features photos by Heinrich von Schimmer (Germany),
Klaus Dieter Balke (Germany) and Chan Ravy (Cambodia), as well as the
“I AM WHAT I AM” photo campaign. 60 people from all walks of life – including
celebrities, models, fashion designers, actors, teachers, students, drag
queens and parents – show their to support for the local LGBTI community.
Through this campaign, the organizers hope “to help all members of our
LGBTI community not to feel alone, and accept themselves the way they are,
live as a survivor but not a victim, love themselves and no matter what…” Also
on display: Paintings by Khmer artist Sous Sodavy and the installation RAINBOW
From 7PM onwards a role-play against stigmatization will be performed by a
group of the local transgender activists leading by Sou Sotheavy. The Cambodian
music group “Fire Fox Dance Group”, singer “Mr. Nathew” and and
other singers will voice their support.
8PM: PRESENTATION by „I AM WHAT I AM & Impulse“
• 10 minutes for IAMWHATIAM Photo exhibition presentation
• 10 minutes for Impulse Phnom Penh presentation
8:20PM: FILM FESTIVAL OPENING on the rooftop, feat. LGBTI short films
from Cambodia and abroad, award-winning music videos and the heartwarming
Indonesian docu MOMMY FROM JAMBI (2015, 38 min). The film by
Anggun Pradesha & Rikky M Fajar is about journey of an Indonesian mother
from a small village to Jakarta. She is stricken by revelations about her
transgender child’s life. At the same time, she is caught between her Islamic
values and unconditional love to her child. It is a heartwarming story about
love, truth and acceptance.
Vana Hem has one of Cambodia’s most prolific LGBTI filmmakers. Tonight,
he presents a trailer of his newest project IRON LEGS, which is still under development.
The film pictures a Cambodian soccer team, mostly consisting of
7PM: PRIDE FILM FEST (Day 2) – Su Su Hlaing’s LOVE AND OTHER MATTERS
(2016, 38 min) introduces us to seven different LGBTI people living in
Myanmar today. Produced by Lindsey Merrison’s “Yangon Film Schoool”, this
is a warm and humorous documentary about the most human aspect of us all:
the desire to love, be loved and be accepted. Sao Sopheak’s short documentary
TWO GIRLS AGAINST THE RAIN (2012, 11 min) follows an older lesbian
couple from Takeo province.
8PM: The NGO MEDIA ONE presents its two-year-project “We are the
Same”, funded by USAID to protect and advance LGBT rights in Cambodia.
The project is implemented by “Media for Education and Development in Action”
(MEDIA One) in partnership with the Cambodian Center for Human
Rights’(CCHR) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Project.
8.30PM: FEATURE FILM – EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJOUATO (2016, 105
min) is an eye-opening look at one of cinema’s most respected figures, celebrating
the sexual awakening that awaited the repressed Russian helmer in
Mexico. The film marks Peter Greenaway’s raucous attempt to capture his alltime
cinema idol at his moment of greatest personal discovery and deepest
professional frustration — which, the film takes great delight in suggesting,
coincided with the loss of his virginity, at age 33, so far from his (still) homophobic
homeland. Determined to breathe fresh life into a medium he insists
has scarcely evolved in the 90 years since Sergei Eisenstein made “Strike,”
Greenaway has wrought an outrageously unconventional and deliriously profane
biopic that could take decades to be duly appreciated. His interpretation
may not be strictly factual, but it’s a persuasive narrative and it brings out the
strongest instincts in Greenaway, whose most popular movie remains “The
Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.”
7PM: PRIDE FILM FEST (Day 3) – CAMBODIAN TRANSGENDER NIGHT,
presented by 76-years-old transgender activist Sou Sotheavy (Winner of the
2014 David Kato Vision & Voice Award). Screening of short documentaries
such Vana Hem’s KARMA (2015, 39 min) about Cambodian transgender
sexworker Pao (40), who is battling HIV/AIDS.
8.30PM: FEATURE FILM – THE DANISH GIRL (2016, 120 min) is a remarkable
love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener in
the 1920s. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s
groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. For all its period setting
and opulence, “The Danish Girl” is less removed from our own era than you
might think; the physical violence and medical ignorance that Lili faces over
the course of her evolution remain in place today. And while this film should
by no means be the last word on an under-explored subject in mainstream
cinema, it makes an interesting guidepost toward bolder stories in the future.
7PM: PRIDE FILM FEST (Day 4) – INDONESIAN DOCUMENTARY – Kiki
Febriyanti’s CALALAI: IN-BETWEENNESS (2015, 40 min) pictures women of
South Sulawesi, Indonesia, living in “Bugis” culture in the midst of modern
world ruled by binary system. For centuries Bugis people have accepted gender
diversity as implicitly written in La Galigo manuscript, where they believe
that humans consist of five genders, and one of them is calalai. Who is calalai?
7.45PM: FEATURE FILM – Homosexuality remains largely taboo in Vietnam,
where traditional Confucian social attitudes, with their emphasis on tradition
and family, remain dominant. Gays are routinely portrayed as comical figures
or as people suffering from a condition that can be treated, something the
makers of the feature film LOST IN PARADISE (2011, 95 min) hope to help
change. Vũ Ngọc Đãng’s movie charts the doomed love affair between a gay
prostitute and a bookseller, offering a rare glimpse into a usually hidden side
7PM: PRIDE FILM FEST (Day 4) – INDONESIAN DOCUMENTARY – Tonny
Trinmarsanto’s EYE LASHES (2016, 60 min) takes you to the Indonesian
province Aceh, which implements Islamic laws. How is the situation for the
transgender community in Aceh? Will they face rejection? Or are there any
extraordinary families which will accept them for who they are without violence,
discrimination and coercion?
8.30PM: THAI-SINGAPOREAN FEATURE FILM – Twenty years ago, Habiba
and Eric were neighbours. When Eric revisits her home to find her still living
there with her husband, what seems like a friendly reunion turns into the
gradual revelation of a painful secret from the past. FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY
(2015, 70 min) is a film adaptation of a 2006 play by Haresh Sharma and
Alvin Tan. Co-directors Tan Bee Thiam and Lei Yuan Bin develop an unflinching
look at the consequences of abuse. Their film explores, without judgment
or condemnation, critical issues such as trust, memory, relationships and consent.
Camera by Hongkong cinema legend Christopher Doyle.
7PM: PRIDE FILM FEST (Closing) – INDONESIAN DOCUMENTARY – A
QUESTION FOR MY FATHER (2015, 40 min) by Yatna Pelangi & Mayk
Wongkar follows the journey of a man finding his biological father, who used
to rape him when he was a boy. Yatna, now in his 30s, is trying to ask one
simple question to his father, while also co-directing this film. It takes courage
and a big heart to go through this heart-breaking trip.
8PM: SWISS FEATURE FILM – Zürich in the mid-1950s: The young shy
teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organization DER
KREIS (“The Circle”), whose publication unites the fragile yet vibrant post
World War II gay community in Switzerland. Upon meeting cabaret singer
and female impersonator Röbi Rapp, Ernst immediately falls head over heels
in love with him, and he finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence
and acceptance of his homosexuality. Stefan Haupt’s THE CIRCLE (2014,
102 min) is a richly absorbing historical docudrama revolving around Ernst
Ostertag and Robi Rapp, who in 2003 became the first same-sex couple to
enjoy legal recognition in Switzerland. The film is presented by the Swiss
Embassy in Bangkok.