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Film Screening and Q&A: Safe Distance

Join us for an in-person screening of the documentary Safe Distance (2021) followed by a Q&A with director Jamie Chi via Zoom.

Saturday, 19 February 2022

11:30 – 13:00 GMT

QTI Coalition of Colour and Cambridgeshire Libraries invite you to a screening of the documentary Safe Distances at Cambridge Central Library, 7 Lion Yard, Cambridge, CB2 3QD.

The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Jamie Chi. The screening will start at 11.30am, and at 12.30pm Jamie Chi will join us via Zoom to answer audience questions.

Safe Distance explores queer Chinese individuals’ lived experiences and narratives in the UK under the COVID-19 pandemic. It involves 31 queer-identified interviewees who come from different Chinese societies and backgrounds, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Canada, the Netherland, the UK, and Singapore and are currently staying in the UK. It examines themes that incorporate identity, intersectionality, mental health, discrimination, migration, the notion of home and community. Through Safe Distance, Jamie compares the HIV pandemic in the 1980s with the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020. She would like to remind people to stay alert to the history of ostracization and discrimination against the queer community in society. She also highlights how queer Chinese individuals experience a “double whammy” of racism and homophobia. By addressing the above issues, Jamie hopes to promote the message that “We should embody kindness and empathy with people from all walks of life” in her film.

Jamie Chi (she/they) is an independent filmmaker and photographer, using her work to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. In 2019, her film Justice for Maya has been circulated in different film festivals around the world. She is the director of a documentary & photography project called Safe Distance. Jamie is also the co-founder, programme development lead of Queer China UK and curator of the Community-focused Queer Chinese Art Festival 2021.

Get your free ticket here.

Everyone is welcome! However, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, ableism, fatphobia, ageism or discrimination on basis of ethnicity, immigration status, or religious, cultural, and/or spiritual beliefs, or any other kind of oppressive behaviour is unacceptable and if used, the participant will be excluded.

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