We were thrilled to screen at the second edition of &PROUD, Myanmar’s first LGBTI film festival, which took place in late January 2016 in Yangon. And we are equally thrilled now to be able to share the Burmese-subtitled version of the films, thanks to the work of the film festival team (above).
The film was introduced at &PROUD by Australian Ambassador Nicholas Coppel, who had to this to say:
‘I found The Language of Love to be a heartrending and poignant tale, brought to life by its 17-year-old writer and star, Kim Ho. Kim’s portrayal of Charlie as a young man struggling with the conflicting feelings of his love for Sam and the anxiety he feels about coming out was nothing short of touching. It’s a brilliant and very original take on coming out.’
And on the launch of the film online, with Burmese subtitles, the Ambassador added this:
‘Diversity in all its forms is to be valued. It is my hope that LGBT persons in Myanmar will be inspired by Charlie’s story and will find the same courage to remain true to themselves and be proud of who they are.’
Co-Director of the &PROUD Festival Billy Stewart contacted us late last year with the request to screen the film, following a suggestion by Sydney’s QueerScreen/Mardi Gras Film Festival. Says Billy: ‘We felt the film, which dealt beautifully with the experiences of young LGBT people and disclosure, was one that would speak to a Myanmar audience.’
THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, which has been subtitled in Burmese, screened as part of a selection on international LGBTI films, representing Australia alongside films from the UK, the USA, Sweden, The Netherlands and France.
Writer/star of THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, said this about &PROUD‘s invitation when we told him: ‘I’m so proud to be screening in Yangon & be part of the road to equality and democracy – what a time to screen the film in Myanmar!’
Find out more about the Festival in the short about last year’s first edition, below, while you can see the full program, here.
If you are interested to screen THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE at a festival, event and in schools, let us know, here.
Watch THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, below.