Vietnamese society is, for the most part, strongly homophobic. However, one of the traditional religions in Vietnam, Dao Mau (Mother Goddess) provides a refuge in which some gay men can flourish. The spirit mediums for the Mother Goddess are mostly Dong Co, men dressed in elaborate female costumes. We get to meet several of these priestesses and hear about their lives, including their own internalized sexism and homophobia, and see some of the costumes and rituals of the temple. Worth seeing.
Love Man Love Woman, dir. Nguyen Trinh Thi, 2006 Vietnam, 52 min., in Vietnamese with English subtitles
Technorati tags: Love Man Love Woman, Vietnam, Documentary, Dao Mau, Dong Co, Frameline, Frameline31, LGBT Film
screened with Remi's Secret