Love Man Love Woman
Saturday 23 May, 20:00, De Balie, kleine zaalNguyen Trinh Thi, documentary, Vietnam 2008, 52 minutes, in Vietnamese with English subtitles
The documentary shows the life of a community of spiritual priests in the traditional Vietnamese Dao Mau temple traditions. Although called ai nam ai nu, a term for homosexuals in Vietnamese society, the priests perform spiritual rituals in ‘drag’ as mediums for female spirits and Mother God. The film offers a look into a private community of heartwarming gender variant people, who express themselves with wry humor and in fabulous dresses. Love Man Love Woman depicts a community that defies gender and sexuality norms from within the religious context.