Directed by Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons
75 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
*Filmmaker Johnny Symons will be present for a post-film Q&A.
Out Run is a documentary film about Ladlad, the world’s first LGBT political party in the Philippines.
As the leader of Ladlad, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first trans* woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation in the halls of Congress is not an easy task. Bemz and her eclectic team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies to amass support from unlikely places. Taking their equality campaign to small-town hair salons and regional beauty pageants, the activists mobilize working-class trans* hairdressers and beauty queens to join the fight against their main political opponent, a homophobic evangelical preacher, and prove to the Filipino electorate that it iss time to take the rights of LGBT people seriously.
Culminating on election day, Out Run provides a unique look into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe. Ladlad challenges microaggressive behavior in hopes of persuading the general public to see its members as equals. The race is more than just political. It represents a shift in the nation’s growing acceptance of LGBT Filipinos.
Official Selection: Frameline40, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival