Inside the Chinese Closet

( Netherlands / 2015 )
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The intricate tale of Andy and Cherry looking for love and happiness in Shanghai. They are homosexual but their families demand a (heterosexual) marriage and a baby from them. Because being single and childless would mean an unacceptable loss of face for their rural families in the remote countryside where they live. Will Andy and Cherry deny their happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents’ wishes? Their stories mirror the legal and cultural progress that is happening in China against the backdrop of a nation coming to terms with new moral values.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 58/70 min.
Theme: Asian Studies, Family, Gender, Human Rights, LGBT, Sexuality, Society
Language(s): Chinese
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Sophia Luvarà
Producer(s): Witfilm
Cinematographer: Ton Peters NSC
Editor(s): Diego Gutierrez, Stefan see all »
Excluded regions: Netherlands
Inside the Chinese Closet


  • Sophia Luvara creates an intimate documentary of gentle honesty, Inside The Chinese Closet revealing a hidden community in Chinese society brought delicately to light.
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awards & accolades

  • Berlinale, Germany - Nominated for TEDDY AWARD

Festival participation

  • IDFA 2015
  • Berlinale, Germany 2015
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2105

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Additional Info

Production Company: Witfilm
Distribution Company: Films Transit

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