[SHORTS] Truth and Realness: Queer Shorts

A selection of shorts that celebrates queer Asian storytelling and expression. From an Indian American drag performer’s fusion of cultural influences to a young trans artist’s impassioned manifesto, these poignant accounts—of queer love, joy, heartbreak, and resilience—explore what it means to “be gay as in queer and gay as in happy.”
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Community Partners

  • Queer Asian Social Club
  • The Light Leaks
  • Q-Wave
  • TAP
  • Sach
    Christian Francis , SNJV
    14 mins

    SACH looks at the Bay Area drag scene and appreciates its intersectionality and flavor.

  • Gay As In Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy
    Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim
    3 mins

    An award-winning experimental autoethnographical documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.

  • Keep Me At Bay
    Jingyi Hu
    18 mins

    After finding her father’s old coat in a storage box, Snow remembers the day he came home from military service and the childhood trauma that led her to emotional distance from others.

  • Were You Gay In High School?
    Niki Ang
    13 mins

    Two queer women recall their awkward, closeted high school days of kissing boys and straight girl crushes.

  • Things We Carry
    Bo Yoon Ha
    17 mins

    A closeted Korean woman returns home to a small fishing village for her father's funeral and uncovers a secret that reconnects her with her grandmother, a traditional deep sea diver.

  • We Need to Talk About The Ring
    Yichi Chen
    30 mins

    Though same-sex marriage is now legal in her hometown in Taiwan, Xin risks both her family and lover as she is forced to own up to her true feelings.