Award of Excellence – Traditional Drag (USA)

Title: Traditional Drag
Runtime: 4 min
Country: USA
Director: Sean Tien
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: March, 2021

Synopsis: Juxtaposing the imagery of a Traditional female character played by a male actor who secretly wants to perform as a Drag-Queen as well but is struggling internally from the pressures of Conservative Taiwanese society to “come out of the closet”.

Background: Up until the 90s, traditional Chinese opera only allowed male actors, and thus female parts were acted out by men. These actors were regarded as talented artists by the older/conservative generation, yet in modern times, Drag-Queens are regarded by the same group with confusion and disgust.