Q&A with Zhang Wei

32-year-old designer Huanyu knows he is a woman born as a man and has a support system of transgender friends, doctors, and his straight best friend/roommate. However, sex reassignment surgery legally requires parental approval and Huanyu’s pious Christian father views it as a deadly sin. This breakthrough film illustrates the intense stigma and obstacles that the LGBTQ+ community must face in China, offering an inside look at both the marginalized and those who condemn them. Striking black-and-white cinematography with an occasional glimmer of color underlines both the authenticity and hypocrisy portrayed in this stinging real-life drama.