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Secrets of 1979 (2021), d. Zero Chou

Women Make Film: In Conversation with Zero Chou and Naoko Ogigami

Part of Queer East 2021, this panel will explore how female filmmakers in East Asia have fought to promote equality both onscreen and behind the camera, advocating for the importance of diverse representation in the film industry. The panel includes Zero Chou, winner of the 2007 Berlinale Teddy Award and director of Secrets of 1979, and Naoko Ogigami, director of Close-Knit. Both the panellists will share their personal journeys, discussing how films can be designed to positively represent women of colour, how female desire is portrayed in East Asian cultures, and how existing power structures can be challenged in order to create a fairer environment in the industry.

Zero Chou, director of Secrets of 1979

Zero Chou is a Taiwanese director whose films depict LGBTQ+ relationships. Her films include Splendid Float (2004), Spider Lilies (2007), Drifting Flowers (2008), and Ripples of Desire (2012). Her awards include the Teddy Award at the Berlinale. Together with her cinematographer partner, she launched a project called RainbowAround, which sought to produce six films about LGBT+ communities in different Asian cities.  She is the first Taiwanese woman to have Oscars Academy membership. Chou wrote and directed Secrets of 1979, which is screening at Queer East this year.

Naoko Ogigami, director of Close-Knit
Naoko Ogigami is a Japanese director whose works have screened internationally. Her films include Yoshino’s Barber Shop (2004), Kamome Diner (2006), and Glasses (2007) which earned attention at film festivals including Sundance, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Berlin, where it received the Manfred Salzgeber Award. Rent-a-Cat (2012) was featured in the Panorama section of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Ogigama wrote and directed Close-Knit, which is screening at Queer East this year.

Jo Duncombe, Film Programme Manager, British Council Film

Queer East 2021 is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, with support from Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Foundation and Japan Society.



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