The film screening and discussion took place at SEA Junction on 29 June 2023, 5.30-7.30 pm. Joining the discussion after the screening was Vanna Hem, the Film Co-producer, and Chhim Putsalun (Salun), the Film’s Gender Consultant. They shared their insights and perspectives on the film as well as the LGBTQ+ situation in Cambodia. Atitaya Asa, the Project Manager of TEAK – Trans Empowerment, also joined to provide commentary on the film and engage in a discussion specifically concerning trans men in Thailand.
The documentary was filmed in Cambodia over the course of five years, Lotus Sports Club, is an inspiring coming-of-age story that centers around Leak, a teenage trans man who plays football in the under-21s women’s team of Kampong Chhnang, and Pa Vann, the coach and father-figure to Leak and other LGBTQ+ players on the team. The film is in Khmer with English subtitles, 70 minutes long.
The event was organized by SEA Junction in partnership with Document Our History Now and Rainbow Community Kampuchea
Photo credit: Kelly Khin