Asia Pacific Shorts
Our queer neighbours are highlighted in this collection of films that celebrate the partnerships that MQFF has forged with queer film festivals around the Asia Pacific region.
These five award-winning international shorts take you from a security booth in India where two lovers find a safe and private haven, to Pakistan where a transgender woman takes in an abandoned child, and to the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong, where a delivery boy discovers his client is interested in more than just his dumplings.
Delivery Boy Dir – Hugo Kenzo, Hong Kong, 2019, 15 mins, Cantonese & English with English subtitles
Local delivery boy Chunho falls in love after delivering dumplings to Eric, an expat businessman living in Hong Kong. Yummy Chinese food and cheesy 70s music bring them together, but the class gap that separates them eventually gets in the way.
Rani Dir -Hammad Rizvi, Pakistan, 2018, 14 mins, Urdu with English subtitles
A Pakistani transgender woman sets out to take care of an abandoned child.
The Booth Dir – Rohin Raveendran Nair, India, 2018, 15 mins, Hindi with English subtitles
A female frisking booth inside a crowded shopping mall stands as a silent ally to a forbidden romance.
Gentleman Spa Dir – Yu Jhi-han, Taiwan, 2018, 18 mins, Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Hao, a chubby gay man, works as a janitor at a gay spa. For him, romantic relationships are an unreachable dream. One day, an attractive customer, Kai, walks in, and Hao has the opportunity to massage him. As they talk and get to know each other and they bond. However, things do not go as smoothly as Hao expected.
Kado Dir – Aditya Ahmad, Indonesia, 2018, 15 mins, Makassarese with English subtitles
Isfi can wear her comfortable pants among her guy friends but has to wear a hijab to be accepted at Nita’s house. Two days before Nita’s birthday, and all Isfi wants is to prepare the best gift in Nita’s room.