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Tongzhi in Love 
30 minutes
Director: Ruby Yang
Year: 2008
Country: U.S.A., China

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Three young men navigate the dilemmas of being gay (tongzhi) in modern China- torn between the lure of big city life and the stern demands of Chinese tradition. They live in cosmopolitan Beijing, reveling in the freedom that it affords them. But traditionally, a Chinese son's solemn duty is to produce a child and carry forward the family line. That China's laws limit most families to a single child only compounds the pressures on gay men, many of whom resort to sham marriages. Does their happiness come at the expense of their mothers and fathers? Can they be gay, and still be good sons? Director Ruby Yang and producer Thomas Lennon won a 2006 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary with The Blood of Yingzhou District (2007 AIFF). [adult content, subtitles]

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