|13/10 (Sat)||1:35 pm||MOViE MOViE Cityplaza|
|19/10 (Fri)||9:50 pm||MOViE MOViE Cityplaza*|
*Q&A session with director
Taiwan / 2018 / 70 min
In Cantonese and Mandarin with Chi & Eng Sub
This is a story of three Christians and their support for the LGBT cause in Taiwan: Pastor Silas Wong from HK has taken over Taipei's LGBT church; a young gay male pastor is looking for work at the church; a female Christian and her family are facing pressure for her sexual orientation. Confronted with different adversities, they took to the streets in defense of their cause.
Elvis Lu graduated from National Taiwan University of the Arts. He is now a documentary filmmaker. The Shepherds was awarded Best Documentary at "Euro Kino" Czech International Independent Film Festival and the 40th Golden Harvest Awards.
The Justices of the Judicial Yuan ruled in May 2017 that the Civil Code of Taiwan, as far as its lack of protection towards the freedom and equal right of same-sex couples to marry is concerned, is unconstitutional and urged administrative and legislative organs to amend or pass relevant laws so that same-sex couples in Taiwan can marry legally starting 2019. The decision is considered a victory for the Taiwanese LGBT rights movement and a milestone for marriage equality in Asia.
On the other hand, organisations opposing the decision proposed a referendum on 3 issues against same-sex marriage. The Taiwanese Central Election Commission confirmed that the proposal had satisfied the relevant requirements and gave its preliminary approval in April 2018. Legally the result of the referendum will only be advisory in nature and will not supersede the Judicial Yuan’s decision, although it will be indicative of public opinion on the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
The referendum was proposed by the “Coalition for the Happiness of our Next Generation”, an organisation with Christian background. Christian organisations have been the main force behind the anti-same-sex marriage camp in Taiwan. They frequently cite passages from the Epistle to the Romans and the Leviticus and allege that God is against same-sex union and that homosexuality is a sin. That being said, despite the fact that the majority of Christian organisations are against same-sex marriage, opposing views from within these organisations have begun to surface since as early as 2013, when 11 Christian priests called a press conference aptly named “I am a Christian. I support marriage equality” and publicly voiced their support for the legalisation of same-sex marriage.