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Popo Fan

Filmaker, Writer, Activit, China

Popo Fan is a leading filmmaker and activist based in Beijing who is outspoken for LGBT rights in the field of media production and distribution. He is the author of the book Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films, the first book published in mainland China on queer films. His films have been shown widely in international film festivals and have been circulated domestically via the internet as well as community screenings. His films featured topics such as same sex marriage ("New Beijing," "New Marriage"), transgender ("Be a Woman"), and feminism ("The VaChina Monologues"). His trilogy "Chinese Closet," "Mama Rainbow," and "Papa Rainbow," focusing on LGBT families in China, had made strong impact on the Chinese society. Moreover, after the authorities took down "Mama Rainbow" from the internet after the film received one million viewership, Popo filed a lawsuit against the government and won the case, which was a landmark event in fighting against the state censorship. His tireless work on LGBT visibility also includes serving as an organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, as well as founder of the Queer University Video Training Camp. He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. Popo is a Fellow of Session 551, Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: Strengthening Communities - LGBT Human Rights and Social Cohesion and Session 570, Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: The Many Faces of LGBT Inclusion.