New Beijing, New Marriage (新前门大街)| 17mins
Director: 范坡坡Fan Popo 郑凯贵David Zheng | Producer: 郑凯贵David Zheng
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: China
Located south of the Tian’anmen Square and among the century-old old architecture, Qianmen bears silent witness to the history of the Beijing city. Originally a Western holiday, Valentine’s Day has become a huge day for many Chinese young people. For the tens of millions of gays and lesbians in China who do not have rights to make their voices heard, what do the place and the day mean to them? Before the Beijing Olympics, the Qianmen Street was renovated into a popular shopping and tourist spot. On February 14, 2009, Valentine's Day, a gay couple and a lesbian couple chose to have their wedding photos taken on the Qianmen Street. It was a beautiful Spring Day in Beijing. People who witnessed the event include local residents and tourists from all over the country. Would they understand what was going on? Did the branded ‘New Beijing’ also bring about ‘new concepts’ about love and marriages? The event has attracted wide media coverage and public attention. It is an important milestone in the history of China’s LGBT movement. Synopsis In Chinese: 前门，矗立在天安门广场南端，凝视着北京城的古老建筑；情人节，当下中国年轻人追捧的舶来品；同性恋，被禁止发言的群体，仍面临着艰难选择…… 奥运会之前，北京市新修了前门大街，成为市民游玩的新去处。2009年2月14日，两对同性恋朋友选择西方的情人节，在新前门大街拍摄婚纱照。春日的北京正是阳光灿烂，大街上有北京当地居民，也有来自全国各地的游客。面对突如其来的风景，他们的观念受到严重考验。新北京，是不是有新的观念？ 这次事件引起众多媒体的报道。是中国同志运动艳丽的一笔。
New Beijing, New Marriage (新前门大街) | 17mins
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