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Sex, Politics & Sticky Rice

Protests, potlucks, and three-ways are just the "tip of the rice bowl" for five Asian American lesbians recounting their adventures in sex, love, and queer activism in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1980s.

  • Tina Takemoto
    Looking for Jiro (2011)
  • Tina Takemoto
  • Tina Takemoto
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Queer, Activism, Aging, Women, Lesbian, Asian American
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
    San Francisco
    June 21, 2015
  • Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    July 16, 2015
  • Center for Asian American Media Film Festival
    San Francisco
    March 15, 2015
  • Outfest Fusion: LGBT People of Color Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    March 14, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    April 26, 2015
  • Asians on Film
    Los Angeles
    March 26, 2015
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival
    San Diego
    November 7, 2015
  • Queer Women of Color Film Festival
    San Francisco
    June 12, 2015
  • NewFest: New York's LGBT Film Festival
    New York
    October 23, 2015
  • Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival
    September 19, 2015
Director Biography - Tina Takemoto

Tina Takemoto’s filmography includes Memoirs of Bjork-Geisha, Arm’s Length, and Her/She Senses Imag(in)ed Malady. Looking for Jiro received Best Experimental Jury Award at Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival and was presented at numerous festivals including Frameline, Ann Arbor Film Festival, MIX NYC, CAAM, Fusion, MIX Milano, MIX Mexico, Hamburg Queer Film Festival, and Rio Gay Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Sex, Politics & Sticky Rice was inspired by Dragon Fruit Project and its founder Amy Sueyoshi, who has been collecting oral histories of queer Asian Pacific Islander activists. In fall 2013, I filmed Sueyoshi in conversation with participants who were among the first generation of out API queer activists on the West Coast. Their stories from the 1980s and 1990s were both moving and surprising. I didn’t expect to hear about an immigrant father daring his daughter to go to a Gay & Lesbian March on Washington or the “sticky rice” drama of various API lesbian potlucks. Plus, the speakers were so lively and animated that I wanted to capture a glimpse of their complex and compelling history on film.