Alifu, the Prince/ss - Queer East Film Festival15

Alifu, the Prince/ss - Queer East Film Festival

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  • Sun 25 Oct
  • 95 minutes
  • Director: Yu-Lin Wang
  • Cast: Utjon Tjakivalid, Yi-Lan Zhao, Peng-Feng Wu, Zhu-Sheng Chen
  • Taiwan (2017)


Yu-Lin Wang’s film explores the journeys of three interconnected characters. Alifu is an indigenous boy who works at a salon in the city. He dreams of becoming a woman, but as the only son of the tribal chief, finds himself under pressure. Sherry is a transsexual who runs a drag queen bar. She is terminally ill, but given strength by her old friend Wu. Chris is a civil servant, who is straight but performs in Sherry’s drag show in order to relieve his stress. As the three stories intertwine, the film explores the enduring bonds that unite the characters.

Alifu, the Prince/ss will be preceeded by Kean-Hian Lim's short film Langit Budak Biru, as well as an introduction by Christopher Brown, University of Sussex.

Langit Budak Biru Dir. Kean-Hian Lim | Malaysia | 2018 | 23 min Two teenage boys in a Malaysian boarding school grapple with the challenges of bullying, as they come to terms with their mutual attraction.

Part of Queer East Film Festival, a season-long festival showcasing rarely seen LGBTQ+ cinema from East and Southeast Asia.

With support from the Ministry of Culture (Taiwan) and Film Hub London, managed by Film London.