Program will include a screening of filmmaker S. Leo Chiang's new documentary, entitled OUT RUN.
OUT RUN follows the only LGBT political party in the world on its historic quest to win Congressional seats in the Philippines. Campaigning in an intriguing culture where conservative Catholicism dominates yet gender gender non-conformity is unusually visible, the Ladlad ("Coming Out") Party, led by transgender pioneer Bemz Benedito, pursues an offbeat, untested, and controversial campaign strategy-reaching out to a disparate network of working-class gay and transgender hairdressers and training them to be its grassroots campaign organizers. Culminating on election day, Ladlad's unexpected and empowering story sheds light on the burgeoning struggles of LGBT rights movements in the Global South and East.
Screening will be followed by a conversation between filmmaker and Erin Huang, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English, Committee on Film Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality, Program in American Studies, Department of Comparative Literature and Program in East Asian Studies.