Queer Mobility and Homesickness
I have often been asked why I got involved in queer filmmaking and LGBT activities. When I started doing these things seven years ago, my answer was very simple: I am gay, and I would like to contribute to my community. Later, my interests have come to include same-sex marriage, drag queen, BDSMer, sex workers and feminism. In this process, I discovered that it is very limiting for a filmmaker to make films simply based on one’s own identity; this can be repressive for others as well. I have begun to develop a different attitude towards my sexuality.
My “identity trouble’ is not merely limited to sexuality; it is also about me as a filmmaker, a curator, an activist, a writer (sometimes). It is cool to engage in a variety of tasks within multiple fields, but this can be exhausting as well; traveling around brings me as much excitement as homesickness. Despite this, the temptation to wander around is hard to resist. I would like to talk about why I cannot confine myself to one single identity, and the consequences of doing so.
Fan Popo is queer independent filmmaker, and curator. Born in 1985, he graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. He published “Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films” (Beifang Wenyi Press, 2007). He directs the China Queer Film Festival Tour, which has travelled over 20 major cities in China since 2008. He has been committee member of Beijing Queer Film Festival since 2009, and board member of Beijing LGBT Center since 2010. In 2011, He received the Prism Prize of the 22nd Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, because of his hardworking on promotion equal rights with films. He is the youngest winner of this honor so far. His documentary works mostly feature on LGBT/Gender issue, include: New Beijing, New Marriage; Chinese Closet; Paper House; Be a Woman; Mama Rainbow. His films have been shown in film festivals in Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Jakarta, Tokyo, Los Angles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Helsinki etc.
Check out some of his work
Mama Rainbow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFTVOnaixKM
The VaChina Monologues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1QE3s9JoGc