*UK Premiere* Jamie Chi's Safe Distance (LSE) - 'Queer' Asia Film Festival

*UK Premiere* Jamie Chi's Safe Distance (LSE) - 'Queer' Asia Film Festival

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The Wolfson Theatre

New Academic Building, LSE

Lincoln's Inn Fields



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*UK Premiere* Jamie Chi's Safe Distance - 'Queer' Asia Film Festival 2022, at LSE

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This screening is the UK-wide premiere of Safe Distance, a documentary by the filmmaker Jamie Chi. Jamie's film explores queer Chinese individuals’ lived experiences and narratives in the UK, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is based on interactions with 31 queer-identified interviewees who come from different Chinese societies and backgrounds, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, and Singapore, all of whom are currently based in the UK. Safe Distance examines intersecting issues, including identity, intersectionality, mental health, discrimination, migration, the notion of home and community.


Safe Distance (Hong Kong) - Jamie Chi

Our fifth annual “Queer” Asia Film Festival (QAFF) of 2022 invites you to reflexively, critically, and creatively engage with us in the conversation on the theme of “survival” in our uncertain times.

How do LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex) individuals and communities navigate their everyday living conditions at the intersections of the pandemic, queerness, and different forms of hierarchies, crises, controls, and discriminations, including heterosexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.? How do we transgress global normativities, including the hegemonic discourse of temporality and space, challenge national and colonial ideologies, and manifest the impossibility of queer hopes, desires, and dreams? How do we revisit our past, create our present, and imagine the possibility and potentiality of queer futurity?

This year, the “Queer” Asia Film Festival is collaborating with Xintong Zhang, a Chinese queer feminist artist who investigates the value of weeds in urban landscapes as a metaphor for resistance to the hierarchical value system in human society. Xintong's original art forms the basis of our communications material this year.

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