15 Oct. 2022 | Zaal 1, Het Ketelhuis | Time: 14:15
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Ah-hyun Seo | Documentary | 82 min | South Korea | Korean (English subtitles)
When Kang-Won, a devout Christian, publicly comes out as gay, this puzzles his equally Christian childhood friend, Ah-Hyun Seo. Her bewilderment inspires her to document his experience living life as a gay man, intimately portraying the cracks in Kang-Won’s happiness that develop over the years.
Torn between Seoul, Berlin, and the United States, Kang-Won struggles with his sense of belonging, while the director effectively asks—and struggles with—what it means to be anally. Set amid the South Korean LGBTIQ+ rights movement, Queer My Friends is more than a coming out story; it is a sincere, disarming testament about uprootedness and friendship.
- Introduction: 5 min
- Short film screening: Below the Surface (14 min)
- Film screening: 82 min
- Panel discussion: “Queerness: the Role of Religion and Allies”: Claire Zhou & Chris Sta Brigida Kopp