Chinese LGBT Film Activist Fan Popo Makes “40 Under 40″ List by Advocate Magazine

Fan Popo (photo: Advocate)

Fan Popo (photo: Advocate)

Congratuations to Fan Popo, a young filmmaker, social activist and director of the Beijing Queer Film Festival, for being selected as one of Advocate Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Emerging Voices” in LGBT culture and activism.

From the Advocate profile of Fan, written by Daniel Reynolds:

“Film can change people’s minds,” says the 20-something filmmaker, who learned the art of moviemaking at the Beijing Film Academy and is also the author of Happy Together: Complete Record of 100 Queer Films, which has drawn comparisons to Vito Russo’s LGBT cinema manifesto, The Celluloid Closet. To date, Fan has created several documentaries that have advocated for LGBT rights in China, including The Chinese Closet, which tells young people’s stories of coming out to their parents, and Only Love, which examines the lives of transgender people in southern China.

Read the full profile of Fan Popo at Advocate.