The Shepherds

by Elvis LU

Despite harsh condemnation and denunciation from society, a heterosexual female pastor founded Taiwan's first LGBT-affirming church in May 1996. For LGBT Christians, who had been rejected by the Christian community for a long time, they finally have a church that offers them a safe haven. Though the founder has passed away, the church members continue to make their voice heard, confronting the unjust social institutions while struggling with religious conflict at the same time.
Come hell or high water, they strive to make a difference in the lives of others by telling their own life stories, in hope that love will eventually trump hate and solve misunderstanding someday.

AWARDS & FESTIVALS

2018 "Euro Kino" Czech International Independent Film Festival
2017 Sydney World Film Festival
2017 IndieFEST Film Festival


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Running Time: 76 mins
Year of Completion: 2018
Director: Elvis LU

ABOUT DIRECTOR

Elvis LU

Elvis LU obtained an MA from the Department of Motion Pictures at the National Taiwan University of Arts. Having worked as a director in advertising, LU is currently a freelance documentary filmmaker, who focuses on social issues and the lives of minorities. His documentary work Little Knights was nominated for 2014 Golden Harvest Awards in Taiwan and 2015 Beijing International Film Festival.

ABOUT PRODUCER

Kay CHOU

Kay CHOU, a long-time producer of TV programs and short films. Her works have been nominated for the Golden Bell Awards several times. She is also a third-generation Christian, who becomes an outcast from the church and family after disclosing her sexual orientation. She also has been a LGBT supporter for a long time. As a core member in the production team, she now aims to illuminate the dilemmas faced by homosexual Christians through documentary.