The Teacher

Wo de ling hun shi ai zuo de

Director: Ming Lang Chen
2019 | Taiwan | 92m
GENRE: AIDS/HIV | Drama | East Asian | Gay | Marriage Equality | Romance
SECTION: Spotlight on Taiwan | World Cinema
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with writer and director Ming Lang Chen, producer Gene Yao, actor Oscar Chiu, and actor Winnie Chang.

Trailer

In 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian nation to legalize marriage equality. This fresh romantic drama takes us boldly into the streets and bedrooms of Taipei and into the life of one gay high school teacher as he tests the limits of this new tolerance. Kevin Chang is 26, comfortably out as gay, and when he’s not teaching high school civics, he is juggling a passionate affair with a married man and attending rallies for same-sex marriage. But when he dares to bring up gay rights in his classroom, he runs up against an administration and a culture that may not be as ready for change as he is.

With striking camerawork and remarkable candor, The Teacher powerfully depicts how the intersection of Kevin’s life, love, and career puts both his job and relationship in jeopardy. Kevin’s predicament—told with nuance as we experience the growing pressures from his family, from his lover’s wife, and from his bosses—asks us if teachers can truly leave their own lives at the classroom door.

— ROD ARMSTRONG

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 1:30pm Saturday, September 26 followed by the Q&A.

SPONSORED BY
AT&T

CO-PRESENTED BY
Center for Asian American Media, GagaOOLala, The Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles

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  • Language: In Mandarin with English subtitles