The Teacher

Sat 10 Oct 2020, 10:00
On Demand
DIRECTOR: Ming-Lang Chen
Taiwan, 92 mins

When gay Civics teacher Kevin openly voices his stance on marriage equality at school, he stirs up a storm and his boss warns him not to mention the subject again. But the tension between Kevin’s professional role and personal life becomes much more damaging when he begins a passionate relationship with Gao, an older married man who is HIV positive. Kevin soon finds himself facing conflict on all sides, not least with Gao’s wife, who resents the threat he poses to their marriage of convenience. When a rumour breaks out in the school about his HIV status, Kevin is forced to confront personal betrayal and deep-rooted prejudice.

Director Chen Ming-lang’s second feature film resonates with the recent campaigns for marriage equality in Taiwan, and exposes the everyday discrimination faced by people diagnosed with HIV. 


Screening in partnership with Queer East Film Festival, London. With support from the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan


Available On Demand from 10am Saturday 10 October until 11.45pm Sunday 11 October
Tickets to the free screening are limited, but don’t worry the paid catch-up service starts on Monday 12 October.