Saturday, January 27, 10:00 am, The Venue

Inside the Chinese Closet

Inside the Chinese Closet

  • Sophia Luvarà
  • 70 minutes
  • 2016
  • China, Netherlands
  • Saturday, January 27, 10:00 am, The Venue

Sponsored by Affirm United – Peterborough Chapter; Rainbow Service Organization; Trent Queer Collective

Negotiating familial and societal expectations, LGBTQ people in China creatively live their identities through “fake marriages”.

In a nondescript Shanghai lounge, men and women eye prospective partners, visibly nervous about making the first move. This isn’t your average matchmaking event—it’s a “fake-marriage fair” where gay men and lesbian women meet to make matrimonial deals with members of the opposite sex. Touching and troubling in equal measure, Inside the Chinese Closetexposes the difficult decisions young LGBTQ individuals must make when balancing their quest for love with parental and cultural expectations.