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Glitch! Rewind. Then we... (18*) + Intro

Queer East Festival 2024

Two people look on in a neon soaked street

A glitch concerns us and surprises us. It makes us pause, rewind, and (re)view the experience again and again. With a pre pre-recorded introduction from the curators Hsieh I-Hsuan and Chen Huei-Yin.

The films in this programme transport us to the universe of the pirate distribution of Taiwanese opera, explore the erotic love between a ghost and a woman, postpone unfinished love stories until the year 2030, traverse the Castro Theatre and Fassbinder's classic Querelle, and witness a drag king performance portraying a soul that has never felt included. 

These are the moments when marginal film viewing culture affirms the cinema-going experience. These narratives also reimagine worlds where the lives of the undocumented, the jobless, and the borderless could love freely, be grounded, and feel at home. 

Together these queer images, bodies, temporalities, and border crossings on screen reassemble our projections of desire onto the past, present, and future.

Curated by Hsieh I-Hsuan and Chen Huei-Yin, programmers of Women Make Waves International Film Festival. 

Screening includes various languages with English subtitles.

Please note: this programme contains flashing lights.
Please note: this programme contains nudity.

Film Programme

Taiwan Video Club

Asian immigrants to the USA exchange pirate videotapes of their favourite Taiwanese opera.

Dir. Lana Lin1999US14min


I'm Starving

An erotic love tale between a ghost and a woman who share a small apartment in New York’s Chinatown.

Dir. Yau Ching1999US, Hong Kong12min



A super-8mm Maya Deren-inspired queer experimental film shot in San Francisco, exploring queer desire through surrealism.

Dir. Tony (Chun Hui) Wu1996US, Taiwan9min

Looking for Jiro

A queer musical mash-up video on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Dir. TT Takemoto2011US5min



LOVEME not now, not here. LOVEME when I depart.

Dir. Shu Lea Cheang2005Japan, France30min

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