03 September 2008


Comrades! A film festival

A quick plug for Asia Catalyst, an organization that, in its own words, supports grassroots human rights advocacy in Asia, and celebrates the power of film and art to inspire and catalyze change.

That's an idea we can get behind.

Its director, Sara L.M. Davis, is a member of our advisory board. In May, Asia Catalyst hosted a discussion of Who Killed Chea Vichea?.

We're grateful for this support. If you're in or near New York City we hope you'll join Asia Catalyst for a promising film festival this weekend.

Banned in Beijing -- Out in New York

September 5-7, 2008
LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street, New York

A bit of background from the Asia Catalyst web site:

A weekend showcase of the best work from a gay film festival that authorities banned in Beijing -- a glimpse into the hidden lives of gay Chinese. These exciting and edgy new works are a must-see for all Chinese film buffs!

The old Communist term "comrade" has a secret meaning -- it's used by some gay and bisexual people in China to refer to themselves. We took it as the title of the film festival in order to stand alongside our Chinese comrades, whose work cannot always be freely seen in their own country.

Details and screening times here.

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