Queer Japan

Queer Japan

Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to shine in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQI+ culture in contemporary Japan. From glossy pride parades to playfully perverse underground parties, the camera pictures people living brazenly unconventional lives in the sunlight, the shadows, and everywhere in-between. Culled from 100+ interviews conducted over three years in locations across Japan, Queer Japan features dozens of individuals sharing their experiences in their own words. Get to know a vibrant and inspiring group of human beings in a country with a unique history of queer expression – and a culture daringly oscillating between primordial traditions and the cult of the future.
Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Graham Kolbeins
Script: Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins
Cinematography: Graham Kolbeins, John Roney
Editing: Graham Kolbeins
Music: Geotic
Production: Hiromedia8
Producers: Hiromi Iida
Co-producers: Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA, Japan
Production Year: 2019
Duration: 99'
Contact: Graham Kolbeins
The screening is followed by a discussion with Constantinos Maragos, Organizer, EuroPride 2024.

Graham Kolbeins


2013 Rad Queers: Edie Fake (short)
2015 The House of Gay Art (short)
2019 Paisa (short, co-direction)
2019 Queer Japan
2022 Top Bottom Top (short)