holding your hand in public

holding your hand in public is an experimental animated short that functions as a documentative visual poem. Through a collection of dreamy sequences derived from intimate interviews with several queer individuals, an impression of queer experiences across Singapore takes shape.

The film focuses on the interviewees' feelings of hope in an attempt to embody their experiences. Through an exploration of whimsical visuals and materials, the film prioritises feeling and texture over technical precision, hoping to evoke an authentic emotional response.

  • Annie Hung
  • Min Choo
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Romance, Experimental, Documentative, LGBTQIA
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 22, 2023
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - LASALLE College of the Arts
Director - Annie Hung, Min Choo
Director Statement

This film is what we wish we had as kids. Growing up in Singapore, we both found that it was difficult to visualise the paths we could take as queer people. Queer representation in media is growing globally and locally, but it is still considered taboo and systematically censored in Singapore.

Queer people have been historically portrayed as stereotypes or victims of tragedy in mainstream media, though awareness and effort to fix this has been increasing with more media that celebrates our culture and identity, we believe a lot more can be done starting with ourselves.

This film is to show the hope, possibilities and nuances of queer
love in this place where we are often excluded and sidelined by authority. We also wished to approach this project with the fluidity and openness of queerness- and so we experiment as much as we want with mediums and means of expression to create an experience-driven film.