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Asia’s longest-running queer f)flMC-S#0Vi(6SI&g-hsCJg$wb+0AJDRLvmEtE3sw-2a&M(%vhilm festival will kick off in Hong Kong next month.

The Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (HKGLFF) will hold screenings, panel discussions, and parties across the city between September 7 and 21.

Celebrating the landmark film festival's 30th anniversary, HKGLFF this year will include a Ho)ZRWu$W4HlVghNzqH3xe))l0BvUMmqc#Tq5#M-3eTNXlio2Radng Kong Retrospective selection in the festival’s program.

"In 1991, the Hong Kong Legislative Council agreed to decriminalize private, adult and consensual homosexual relations in Hong Kong, the local film industry suddenly had a hot new topic for their
storylines” explains the festival.

HKLGFF pays tribute to the films that explored the complexitzsXtpBNA)a(2zNx04A8b*5UA)Un&)l+4cNq*i6g+3-P7F2-R3Uy of local LGBTI issues and significantly contributed to the gay culture of Hong Kong.

The seledqYGIK+=A6i)yWVx40dGJmRP+rGzpY7hTY=ey3aTCha=R!a+(oction includes feature films Yang and Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, A Woman is A Woman, and Butterfly as well as a short film titled My Way.

The festival’s wider program this year e08mb5NtIQZe=hpHO8EcxfyOV(LiEAl)[email protected]%mYwQ%$Q)[email protected]has a comedic focus.  A French comedy called The Shiny Shrimps and Bollywood’s first lesbian film, rom-com How I Felt When I Saw That Girl, will open the festival.

As ever, HKGLFF highlights regional films. The two centrepiece films are award-winning *zqtH=uW!qkn4qOuruj8KAAeS)DHkqBNaTjfLQ!5RSDRH3^QpQSong Long from Vietnam and Between The Seasons from South Korea.

In a first, this year the festival will bring LGBTI cinema to more corners of the city. The We Ar[email protected]^I_X#RGW8B5t*[email protected]$8be GAYbours initiative will see screenings and Q and As take place in residential district Sham Shui Po.

As ever, the festival will also recognize the commitmenU#N+mumkEN-#dU=NhLhrBa+_B7J1cefdZYHmRXQA1QWC)^(1#rt to LGBTI rights from Hong Kongers with the Prism Award. This year it will be handed to Angus Leung and Scott Adams.

Angus LeCMttH1F=PTHtfUdSiU)Psz+(hKgsI29Ztg%lnA%9+keftt8Cboung in June this year won a landmark court case against the government for spousal rights for civil servants and equality in the eyes of the tax department. It was a major step forward in LGBTI rights in the city.

“Be proud of yourself,” Leung said, 5%q7$8OGkAah^60nak3ZGeYL^[email protected]^-according to HKLGFF. "Love wins. Love will win again and again.”

On September 8, HKLjG8gg#[email protected]#XAlvbKj9)l91AC^ps0hc1nb*@KPAYs(r_HCbFGFF will host a discussion panel of the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance members. Guests will travel from as far as Sri Lanka and Pakistan to attend.

Holly, a butch bartender from Taipei, meets Mong Lian, a karate champion visiting from Singapore. It is love at first sight but the distance between Taiwan and Singapore soon becomes their biggest obstacle.
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