Gay film festival opens in Muslim-majority Indonesia
Q! Film Festival is hailed as the biggest gay film festival in Asia and the only one in the Muslim world, and it hopes to draw 15,000 viewers to screenings and fringe events. Yet barely a few months ago in April, Islamic vigilantes burst into a civil rights awareness session for transsexuals held by the National Commission for Human Rights and sent the participants fleeing in panic. “We don’t want to publicise the event in the mainstream local media as they’re still very conservative,” festival director John Badal said.
Local Singapore filmmaker Royston Tan‘s films, Little Note, 15, Sons and Cut are currently screened in the Q! Film festival.