Speak OUT Lecture Series —— Fan Popo

Fan Popo: Gender Performance, Documentary Film Making and Activism

Time:14;00,19th, May, 2018

Location:Bookworm, Beijing

Gender performance and activism on screen: Screening + Talk with Fan Popo

The performance/performativity of gender may sound like an obscure, abstract concept, but its impact is very concrete. How do art and activism can be combined to tackle societal issues in practice? Leading documentary film maker Fan Popo shares excerpts from his films, his perspective on gender performance, and his experience as LGBTQ+ “artivist”. Follows Q&A session with the participants.

Popo Fan is a leading filmmaker and activist based in Beijing who is outspoken for LGBT rights in the field of media production and distribution. Popo graduated from Beijing Film Academy and is the author of the book “Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films”, the first book on the topic published in mainland China. His films have been shown widely in international film festivals and circulated domestically via the Internet as well as community screenings. His films featured topics such as same-sex marriage (“New Beijing, New Marriage”), transgender (“Be A Woman”), feminism (“The VaChina Monologues”). His trilogy on LGBT families in China (“Chinese Closet”, “Mama Rainbow”, “Papa Rainbow”) had made strong impact in Chinese society.