The Shepherds (2018)

  • Documentary, Queer
  • 1h 10m

This documentary charts the struggles of LGBTQ+ Christians in Taiwan and the challenges they face in making their voices heard. In 1996, a heterosexual female pastor founded the first Taiwanese church to affirm LGBTQ+ people, finally providing them with a safe haven. Today, while the founder has passed away, the church members continue to express their faith, and to confront social discrimination and institutional prejudice. But this comes at a high personal cost, with some living a precarious and desperate existence. Director Elvis Lu’s compassionate film captures the bravery and defiance of this religious community. In particular, it focuses on their role in challenging traditional notions of the family and advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan.

牧者

1996年五月,一位異性戀女牧師不顧廣大社會的譴責與撻伐,創立了台灣第一間同志教會,讓長久以來,不見容於教會之中的同志基督徒,有了安身立命之處;如今,開創者已辭世,他們依舊在信仰的衝突中掙扎,然而傳統基督教派也因台灣同志婚姻平權法案的推動,反同聲浪日趨激烈外顯;因此,他們決定發出自己的聲音,即使付出代價,還是努力的想用生命影響生命,期盼有一天…能讓愛化消對立與誤解。

Director

Elvis Lu

Language

Mandarin

Subtitles

English