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Asian Shorts + Q&A

  • De Balie, Filmzaal Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen Amsterdam, NH, 1017 Netherlands (map)

16.00 SHORT FILM PROGRAM | Asian Shorts

The films within the Asian Shorts program focus on the diverse experiences of Asian-born individuals who strive to challenge gendered stereotypes, combine their gender expression with parenting, and stand up to structural violence that manifests as police brutality toward LGBTIQ individuals.

In attendance of filmmakers Anouk Houtman and Alice McDowell.


Across Gender + Q&A

Anouk Houtman

Across Gender is an ethnographic film about the negotiation of visibility of trans people in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Focusing on personal experiences of different people who ‘cross gender’, it shares the experiences and societal views of LGBTIQ activists, drag performers, and students of an Islamic school for trans women.

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2016
Duration: 24 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English, Indonesian
Subtitles: English

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The director will be present for a Q&A.


Anouk Houtman is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and has a background in visual anthropology and gender studies. After her bachelor’s in Amsterdam, she continued with an MA in visual anthropology in Leiden where she started using the camera professionally for the first time. During her fieldwork in Indonesia, Anouk made an ethnographic film called Across Gender, which focuses on the negotiation of visibility when one ‘crosses gender’ in Yogyakarta. This project inspired her to follow this up with an MA in gender studies, which she recently finished. Anouk has a wide range of interests but is especially passionate about projects dealing with activism, feminism, gender, sexuality and power relations. She is interested in people’s personal stories and experiences and believes film is a tool for social change.


As Human As I Am + Q&A

Alice McDowell

Sexual and gender minority groups around the world face many forms of discrimination and persecution. As Human as I Am documents stories and strategies from LGBTIQ communities in Nepal, Malawi and Fiji, as they campaign for recognition, protection and inclusion.

Country: Ireland
Year: 2017
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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The director will be present for a Q&A.

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Alice McDowell is a documentary filmmaker working both locally and internationally in the areas of human rights and democracy. Her films have explored a range of themes, including LGBTI rights, female genital mutilation (FGM), feminism and Islam and money in politics. In recent years, she has collaborated with the Ishka Films, the Galway Film Centre and Galway UNESCO City of Film, and her work has been commissioned by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the Irish Film Board, the Simon Cumbers Media Fund and Science Foundation Ireland.


May I Help You

Yamin Oo

"May I help you" is the slogan of the Myanmar police, but it does not apply to everyone, as LGBTIQ individuals are harassed by the police all over the country. In this investigative documentary, victims of police harassment voice their experiences with structural discrimination.

Country: Myanmar
Year: 2017
Duration: 26 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: Burmese
Subtitles: English



Adel Clemente

For fear of being rejected as a transgendered woman, an overseas Filipino worker father hasn't returned to her family in 10 years. One day, she finally gets the courage to come home. Will her family accept her?

Country: Philippines
Year: 2016
Duration: 10 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Tagalog
Subtitles: English

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