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Close-Knit (+ knitting sesh)

Sat Nov 13, 12:30

Film,Workshop, Rio Cinema, £13.50 / £10.50 con

After Tomo’s flighty mother leaves her for the umpteenth time and she’s taken in by her Uncle Mario, and his partner Rinko, a transwoman. This beautiful, heartwarming film examines what family means for the queer community, and re-examines residual social stigma towards queer familial freedom in Japan. 

Close-Knit (Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki wa)​ 彼らが本気で編むときは | dir. Naoko Ogigami | Japan 2017 | 127’ 

With introduction from Yi Wang from Queer East and a Queer Family-Friendly Knitting workshop to get you ready for a snuggly cotton-laden winter, this is a top pick for our seasonal hi-BEAR-nators.



Arrive from 11:45am where we will provide you with materials you need to get set up for knitting during the film screening that takes place at 12:30pm. These sessions are for beginners, and people who have never knitted before.

If you are on experienced knitter, please feel free to bring your knitting gear to the screening to knit during the film.

A huge thanks to Get your Knits Out for being our facilitators! If you have any questions, please email


Presented in partnership with Queer East — An LGBTQ+ festival that showcases rarely-seen queer cinema from East and Southeast Asia and seeks to amplify the voices of Asian communities in the UK. 


Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.


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