Gerardo Calagui; 2017; Philippines; 72 min.; in Tagalog with English subtitles
Unapologetically grim and yet endearing, THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS takes the viewer on a nightmarish journey through Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines from the POV of several trans inhabitants. This loose confederation of erotic masseuses, drug smugglers, and sex workers reveal how they navigate their pimps, their violent johns, and their impoverished families. Shot in a cinema verité style that follows the daily lives of the characters in separate vignettes, this refreshing feature debut provides a rich and complex narrative that pulls no punches and still makes the viewer care deeply about its characters.
Content Warning: Drug Use/Nudity/Explicit Sexual Situations/Graphic Violence/Discussion or Depiction of Rape
Opening Short: AARSA
Kawa Hatef; 2016; India; 18 min.; in English and Hindi with English subtitles
Raju, who works day in and day out cleaning a dance studio to support himself and his mother, finds himself observing both the instructor and her students. This short film organically intertwines the sounds of traditional Indian dance and the fabrics worn by dancers with soft pastel colors.
Content Warning: Identity Based Abuse or Harassment