Directed by Sophia Luvarà

China, Netherlands  |  70 minutes  |  2015  |  Not Rated  |  Mandarin, English

LCIFF is proud to present the award-winning film INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET. Winner of many awards on the film festival circuit in 2015, Inside the Chinese Closet marks the extraordinary documentary debut of filmmaker Sophia Luvara as she examines the challenges that confront gay people in China today. Touching and troubling in equal measure, the film exposes the difficult decisions young LGBT individuals must make when forced to balance their quest for love with parental and cultural expectations.

SYNOPSIS

Reveals how designated cultural values and norms impact . . . the lives of individuals who sit outside of a conventional box.
— Sly on the Wall

Andy devotes his days and nights to looking for a lesbian wife of convenience who could possibly bear his child; from online search to underground marriage markets, he is meeting all sorts of girls. Cherry has already married a gay man, but the quest for a baby proves to be a far more complex challenge.

Will Andy and Cherry deny their own happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents’ wishes?