Filipino LGBTQ+ documentary to screen in Europe

A documentary film about Filipino LGBTQ+ migrants, Tulipa, will be shown in three European countries in October and November.

Tulipa will be screened on 14 October at the Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with the support of the Philippine Embassy in The Hague; on 23 October at the Philippine Embassy on Calle Eresma, Madrid, Spain, with the support of the Philippine Embassy in Spain, Sentro Rizal Madrid, and Pinoy Ako Spain; and on 1 November at the Biocafe Tellus in Vattenledningsvägen, Hägersten, Stockholm, Sweden, with the support of FILCOMLAS Philippine Education Society and the Philippine Embassy in Sweden.

Directed by gay Tausug filmmaker Rhadem Musawa, the film follows several Filipino LGBTQ+ migrants as they tell their stories. It was produced by the organization Filipino LGBT Europe together with Netherlands Embassy in Manila, the Philippine Commission of Human Rights, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, and Mujer LGBT Organization of Zamboanga City.

“The film aims to start the discussion on the experiences of the Filipino LGBT migrant community and to rally support for the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill in the Philippines that aims to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics,“ Filipino LGBT Europe explains.

Tulipa started out as a series of short videos in 2021 for the #SOGIEForward, an educational campaign on LGBTQ+ issues in the national elections.

The film had a Philippine premiere on 23 June at the Alliance Française de Manille Theatre, in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Event included a forum discussing LGBTQ+ issues including the SOGIESC Equality Bill with speakers from Outright International, Migrant Forum in Asia and ASEAN SOGIE Caucus.

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