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Girlfriend, Boyfriend (2012)

March 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Set in Taipei and Kaohsiung, Girlfriend, Boyfriend (Ya-che Yang, 2012), unfolds a poignant coming-to-age story about relationship, friendship and political activism. Looming over the queer love triangle is the winding path for democratic reform in Taiwan from the late 1980s to the new millennium. Over the span of two decades, three rebellious Taiwanese youths’ once uncompromised faith in freedom and love gradually fades out, replaced by their tacit wonder towards their sociopolitical reality and moral integrity. The film thereby subtly interrogates the extent to which Taiwan has upheld the spirit of democracy. Upon its release, the film was critically acclaimed in Taiwan, receiving seven nominations at the Golden Horse Film Award and earning Best Actress for its lead star Kwei Lunmei. Director Ya-che Yang is also known for his earlier film Orz Boy (2008).

This event includes a panel discussion on the intersection between queer culture, cinema, and politics in Taiwan and the screening of Girlfriend, Boyfriend. Admission is free. As an effort to help fundraise for The Home Promised documentary production, a raffle draw will be held at the reception after the screening.


7:00-9:00 Panel Discussion at Innis Café
Panelists TBC
(light snack boxes will be provided)

9:15-11:00 Screening ofGirlfriend, Boyfriend at Innis Town Hall
(doors open at 9:00 pm)

11:00 Reception and Raffle Draw at Innis Café

Admission is free. Seats are limited, please register here.


March 29, 2014
7:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Event Categories:


Asian Institute & The Cinema Studies Institute Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival The Home Promised Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan)


Innis Town Hall