Taipei's annual Gay Pride parade. While Taiwan is recognized as one of Asia's most gay-friendly countries, homosexuality remains largely taboo in China. (Photo/Tsai Ming-teh)
A micro-movie themed on same-sex love has gone viral on Chinese video-sharing website Youku, the Hubei-based Changjiang Times reported on Jan. 21.
The 16-minute short Lost tells the story of two gay people forced to separate because of the prejudices of their family and friends.
The movie was made by Deng Jie, a sophomore at Hubei's Wuhan University, as a course assignment. It cost only 2,000 yuan (US$320) to make. Since she uploaded it to Youku on Jan. 17, the movie has received 235,571 hits.
"The ideas of the story came from my friends. Some of them might have different sexual preferences. Through this movie, I hope to address society's prejudices against them," said Deng.
The movie was made in 13 days, and all the actors were Deng's friends. "Neither of the two principal actors are gay, but they were very supportive of the movie," said the director. She said she never thought that her movie would be so popular after it was uploaded online.
A sociology professor praised the students for their work. "I think it is courageous of them to have made this movie. This means their generation pays attention to issues that are worthwhile rather than popular mainstream issues," the professor said.