JUNE 14, 2021 | UPDATED JUNE 29, 2022
USA | 5 minutes | 2019
Drama, romance, LGBTQ+ short film directed by Robin Wang
Starring Tom Dang, Vimal Moorti
In a lonely motel room, two boys who came out to their parents form a special, self-affirming bond.
Coming out to your parents is never easy. Like most LGBT youths, I was caught in between the desire to be true to myself and the need to cling to my family. These pursuits don’t usually align, especially in Chinese culture.
In this film, Finn’s father was like my father and Cameron’s mother was like my mother. They share different opinions regarding their son’s sexuality and selfhood. I have rarely spoken to my dad since I brought up my sexuality in front of him five years ago. I was tortured and crushed by the guilt I felt towards my father, for causing the estrangement between us. But a deeper question is, should I feel guilty for speaking the truth and being who I am?
Had the world been a better place, there wouldn’t be so much family estrangement that leads to regrets and tragedy for the LGBT individuals who come out to their parents.
As the poster shows, I want to make an unapologetic statement that captures my self-affirmation as an LGBT individual. But more importantly, this is a story about family, about belonging and loneliness. Especially in the context of Asian-LGBT intersectionality, I want to highlight just how important family is to LGBT individuals as it is to everybody.
– Robin Wang
The film is now playing on Dekkoo.
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Director, Writer, Producer: Robin Wang
Cinematographer: Ian Kent
Editor: Kevin Ung
Music: Brandon Jung