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Shorts: Wish You Were Here

23 September 2023
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA, UK
FREE, £4, £6.50, £10

A meditation on queer loss, love, longing, and loneliness. These short films deal with absences, whether spiritual or physical, how our relationships with our parents (or many gendered ancestors) shape the ways we navigate our own lives, and how we forge and feed new connections.

hi ading | dir. Dinaly Tran | Canada 2023 | 2' 

A queer person relates their transition to their parents’ experiences as Southeast Asian immigrants to Canada. 

Apartment 605 | dir. Bianca Catbagan | Philippines 2023 | 7'

While visiting their estranged father’s apartment, a queer Filipino connects with a stranger over the intercom.

Who Knows Where The Time Goes | dir. Josh Quinton | UK 2023 | 7' 

An elderly queer person reminisces on their long-lost friend in NiCKY's gorgeous semi-animated debut music video.

A Letter From the Ashes | dir. Raghed Charabaty | Canada 2022 | 11' 

A message to a mother from her child, reflecting on their youth in Lebanon, gender, and conversion therapy.

I Didn’t Go to My Father’s Funeral | dir. Zsigmond Kungl | Hungary 2022 | 21' 

Missing his father’s funeral leads a young man to seek solace in a messy, erotic adventure.

Play House | dir. Xinyi Cao | China 2022 | 26' 

Tension grows in the relationship between two lesbian sex workers when a man hires them to act as his wife and daughter.

Do Digital Curanderas Use Eggs in Their Limpias? | dir. Roberto Fatal | USA 2022 | 14' 

A struggling genderfluid indigenous healer must decide whether to abandon the physical world and upload their consciousness to the Internet.

programme runtime 1h26min

CW: simulated violence, transphobic/homophobic language, discussion of parental death, family rejection, conversion therapy, societal racism.


This is a relaxed screening, which means it’s ok to arrive late, move around, make noise, or leave the screening and come back if you need to.

If you have any questions about accessibility or you need support to access the event, you can email us at There will be volunteers trained in access at all Fringe! events if you need support with access on the day.

Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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