"Amazing in its depiction..."
Sophie Richardson - China Director, Asia Division
"... an up-close look and personal view of how the LGBT community is coping in a country which still holds traditional values very much at its hearts."
International Business Times.
In honor of Pride Month and as part of our ongoing efforts to celebrate a diverse global community, we are excited to announce the release of
Inside The Chinese Closet
. The film, directed by
, was screened at prestigious festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, Human Rights Watch, London LGBT and DocsBarcelona.
In China, gay men and lesbians are under enormous pressure to spare their parents the perceived shame of having an unmarried child without offspring. Homosexuality may no longer be illegal, but understanding for a life lived outside traditional heterosexual norms is rare. This puts Andy and Cherry into a stressful but, unfortunately, not an uncommon situation.
Andy's father knows that his son is gay but, determined to conform to social conventions, he urges him to find a lesbian who is willing to marry him. Cherry has already entered into a bogus marriage, but now her parents expect their only daughter to provide them with a grandchild so that they can finally put an end to their neighbors' gossiping.
Director Sophie Luvarà accompanies Andy and Cherry in their absurd attempts to do the right thing: bogus gay-lesbian marriage markets, agencies for surrogate mothers, price lists for the adoption of newborns and their constantly carping parents who will simply not let up. Both Cherry and Andy succeed in carving out a little piece of freedom. But they also know that their personal coming out will force their parents into a closet.