In 1984, Richard Fung released his seminal first documentary Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians. Featuring 14 women and men in Toronto of South, East and Southeast Asian backgrounds, Orientations was the first documentary to explore the experiences and perspectives of queer Asians in North America. Capturing pivotal moments in Toronto’s history, it presents an intimate portrait of the texture of gay life and politics at that time. Re:Orientations revisits seven of the original participants as they see anew the footage of their younger selves, and reflect on their lives and all that has changed over the intervening three decades. Their interviews are deepened and contextualized by conversations with six younger queer and trans activists, scholars and artists.
Re:Orientations screens as part of Culture Shifts, a new documentary series at OCAD University. Culture Shifts presents documentary media as a catalyst for critical discussions and community action for social change. More info here.
Richard Fung (in attendance)
Ju Hui Judy Han
Richard Fung was born in Trinidad and Tobago and lives in Toronto. His award-winning documentaries and experimental videos have been widely screened and collected internationally, and his essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Among other honours, Fung is the recipient of the 2000 Bell Canada Award for outstanding achievement in video art, the 2001 Toronto Arts Award for Media Art, and the City University of New York’s GLAGS 2015 Kessler Award for significant influence on the field of LGBTQ studies. He is a Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University.