Film Screening: Coming to You (2021)

Event time: 
Monday, April 1, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
53 Wall Street (WALL53), Auditorium See map
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Directed by Gyu-ri Byun
93 minutes
Korean with English subtitles

Film Screening followed by Q&A with Director Gyu-ri Byun

Gyu-ri Byun’s groundbreaking Korean documentary centers on two working class mothers, Nabi and Vivian. Like many in South Korea, where there is a distinct lack of legal protections for queer communities and gay marriage remains illegal, neither women gave much thought to LGBTQ+ rights or its growing advocacy among the country’s younger generations. Therefore, their lives and perceptions were upended when their respective children come out to them — Nabi’s as trans, and Vivian’s as gay. Reluctant to accept this news at first, both women’s reactions reveal deep-rooted discriminatory beliefs about queerness. This is not uncommon in South Korean society, which makes their respective transformations all the more impactful — both women grew to not only accept their children’s gender and sexuality, but became activists in their own right as members of Parents, Families and Allies of LGBTAIQ+ People in Korea. Both Nabi and Vivian grapple with the pain and lonelinesstheir children feel, the struggle to access gender affirming care, and the yearning for societal and familial acceptance. Without shying away from their inital discriminatory opinions, Byun’s impressive film tells an unflinchingly honest story of hard-won allyship and gives faith to the idea that people can change their minds.

Gyu-ri Byun - Director