Film festival in Kyoto to focus on disabled sexual minorities
The second leg of a film festival featuring sexual diversity will be held in Kyoto on Oct. 19-21, focusing on disabled sexual minorities, for a pay-as-you-can-afford fee.
Including the first leg in Osaka last month, the 12th Kansai Queer Film Festival will show a total of 31 films that depict the lives of diverse sexual minorities beyond the literal concept of LGBT for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Among the films on the screen during the three-day event at Kyoto University’s West Auditorium are "Until Rainbow Dawn" (2018), a love story about two deaf girls told through sign language, and "To you at the age of 11: Many kinds of relations" (2017), a documentary about sexual minorities with hearing and speech impediments.
The festival will also shed light on racial discrimination with "The Silence" (2017), which digs up the experiences of former "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels.
The festival has introduced a unique "Support Pass" fee system, allowing audiences to decide on the amount they pay depending on their economic situation.
The pass, effective for all films at the festival, is priced at 2,000 yen or 4,000 yen -- half the level of normal tickets -- for people who "could not afford food or rent if they buy the pass" or who "have a monthly income of 100,000 yen or less." On the other hand, the price will rise to 10,000 yen for people who "are leading life without worrying about money" and 20,000 yen for those who "have the money to spare for leisure."
Makoto Hibino, head of the festival's organizing committee, says, "Films should be open to as many people as possible regardless of how much money they have."
"People who can afford it will be asked to pay more. We want to organize the festival based on mutual trust," Makoto said.(Translated by Kyodo News)