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Queer East Presents: Home Ground 18

Screened in partnership with Queer East
Kwon Aram , South Korea, 2022, 78m.

In the mid-1990s, the first openly lesbian bar in South Korea, LesBos, opened its doors in Sinchon, Seoul. This documentary follows one of the bar’s proprietors, Myong-woo, whose witty commentary prompts a broader reflection on Seoul’s lesbian scene, and the evolution of the city’s queer spaces over the past five decades. In her feature debut, Kwon Aram documents generational change as she makes connections between past and present: from the 1976 police raid on Chanel, a women-only café that existed in Myeong-dong in the 1970s, to the more recent threat posed by Covid-19 to community solidarity. This is a film about a shared sense of belonging, and shared environments of kinship. Offering a rare insight into Seoul's often-hidden lesbian history, Home Ground reveals the vibrancy and endurance of South Korea’s queer culture.

Screening as part of Queer East: We Were Always Here, a series of queer documentaries about East and Southeast Asian women and non-binary people, marking this year's LGBTQ+ History Month.

Queer East is a cross-disciplinary festival that showcases boundary-pushing LGBTQ+ cinema, moving image work and live arts from, and about, East and Southeast Asia and its diaspora communities.

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