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Inside the Chinese Closet
A film by Sophia Luvarà
Netherlands, 2016, 70 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W171205

The complexities of gay life in modern China collide at the event where Andy and Cherry first meet—a “fake marriage fair” in Shanghai, where a new, cosmopolitan generation of gay men and lesbian women seek to make a deal with a spouse of the opposite sex. Homosexuality has only recently become legal in China, but morally and practically, life is still difficult. People in Andy and Cherry’s generation, the result of the “one child” policy, are under an unbearable pressure to meet the demands of their parents and grandparents. To these elders, who carry the trauma of the great famine and the limits of the Cultural Revolution, their gay children’s search for love and happiness in the city is unintelligible. INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET is a humorous and compassionate portrait of modern gay life, the eternally difficult relationship between parents and children, and the social, cultural, and moral beliefs in flux in China today.


  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Berlinale Film Festival
  • Visions du Reel Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival
  • One World Film Festival
  • London LGBT Film Festival
  • Ambulante Film Festival
  • Doc Edge Film Festival
  • DocsBarcelona
  • Dok Fest Germany
  • Durban International Film Festival
  • Mix Copenhagen
  • This Human World Austria

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    "Amazing in its depiction of how LGBT thirtysomethings are still suffocated by traditional expectations that they will marry and have kids, and the lengths they go to fulfil those expectations."
    Sophie Richardson
    China Director, Asia Division

    "It offers an up-close look and personal view of how the LGBT community is coping in a country which still holds traditional values very much at its hearts."
    International Business Times

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