10th Love & Pride Film Festival Singapore focuses on 'acceptance' theme

A still from “Of Love and Law”. (PHOTO: Hikaru Toda via Golden Village)

A gay couple running a law firm in Japan who take on “misfit” clients. A teenager sent to a conversion therapy centre after being caught with another girl in the back seat of a car. An aboriginal boy – the only son of a tribal chief – who dreams of being a woman.

These stories – curated by the Singapore Film Society – are among six films to be featured at Golden Village (GV)’s upcoming 10th edition of Love & Pride Film Festival Singapore.

To be held from 4 to 12 October at Great World City and VivoCity’s GV theatres, this year’s selection “centres around the theme of ‘acceptance’…not simply focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community but also of one’s self”.

Jolleen Lim, GV assistant marketing manager, said, “Upon choosing this particular theme, we worked closely together to source from a wide range of LGBT related titles across various film festivals from around the world, and decided on these six special movie titles that best fit our chosen ‘acceptance’ theme.”

The festival’s opening night will kick-start with a screening of 2018 Hong Kong International Film Festival award-winning Japanese documentary “Of Love and Law”.

It follows the story of an Osaka-based couple who run Japan’s first openly gay law firm, and their unorthodox clients, including unnamed Japanese residents who are not in the nation’s family registry system as they were born out of wedlock and artist Rokudenashiko, who was arrested for the alleged violation of the country’s obscenity laws for her work featuring female genitalia.

The film’s screening will be followed by a 30-minute Skype Q&A session with film director Hikaru Toda.

The other films include Sundance grand jury prize winner “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”, “Sorry Angel”, “The Heiresses”, “I Miss You When I See You” and “Alifu, The Prince/ss”.

All six films have been rated R21 due to homosexual theme and content.

Tickets for the opening night’s film are priced at $23 for GV Movie Club members and $25 for the public, which include light refreshments before screening.

For all other films, tickets are priced at $10 for GV Movie Club and Singapore Film Society members, and $13 for the public.

They are now available for purchase at all GV cinemas, on GV’s website, and via the iGV mobile app.

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