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Directors: Christian Hui, Samuel Ernesto Lopez
12mins, 21sec I Documentary I English I 2022

Section / Program
Panagin-up Kalibutan (World Shorts)



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A social justice inspired post-motem tribute to the late HIV activist Derek Yee, long-time volunteer of Casey House, who was denied admission to the HIV-specialty hospital during his end of life and died alone at home.

Writers & Producers: Christian Hui, Samuel Ernesto Lopez

Free Online Screening
OCT 17, 2023 - NOV 3, 2023


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Christian Hui (Co-Director and Co-Producer; He/They; Undetectable) is a queer, poz BIPOC settler HIV/AIDS activist, a Vanier Scholar, and a #ViralInterventions resident artist. When Christian shared his experience as an Asian living with HIV with intersecting key priority population identities, he was approached by a community-driven creative collective Rice Roll Productions (Vince Ha and Mezart Daulet) to star in an auto-biographical "Empty Nest: Gay Short Film". As a community-mobilizer, Christian co-founded Ontario Positive Asians and the Canadian Positive People Network, and was one of the HIV-positive chefs featured in the HBO-documentary "June's". Christian is currently a Senior Global Community Advisor at Prevention Access Campaign (Undetectable=Untransmittable), and UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board NGO Delegate. “Walking In These Shoes“ is Christian's documentary directorial debut.

Samuel Lopez (Co-Director and Co-Producer) was born in El Salvador. He left with his family during the civil war of the 1980s and settled in Montreal. Samuel is a certified translator and an HIV+ AIDS activist. HIV has been a theme of interest in his work and in his life as a community activist long before he tested positive. In 1993, Samuel made his directorial debut with the documentary "Samuel & Samantha," an autobiographical documentary about his life as a Latino drag queen. In 1996, while at the University of Toronto, Samuel wrote the screenplay “L’Histoire d’Henri” (“Henry’s Story”). In 2008, Samuel directed and produced the short documentary “Our Faces, Our Stories” for the group Latinos Positivos (HIV+ Latinos). He has directed several short documentary videos for Latinos Positivos Toronto and the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE). He completed the feature documentary “The Sugarcane” (2013) that premièred at the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in La Habana, Cuba.

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Silva en Cortos 2022 (Best Film), El Salvador
Latino and Native American Film Festival New Haven, USA, Winner, Best Environmental/Social Political/Justice Award
Student World Impact Film Festival (SWIFF) Finalist - Best Super Short Film
Lift-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmaker Sessions, USA, Finalist
AluCine and Latin Film + Media Arts Festival 2023, Canada
Toronto Queer Film Festival Symposium, Canada,
AIDS2022 International AIDS Conference, Canada
ATLAS 2022 International HIV Documentary Festival, Canada
Visual AIDS, USA
Concordia Film Festival (50th Anniversary) Canada
Lift-Off Global Network Sessions 2023, UK
The Harm Reduction '23 Film Festival, Australia
Reto por el Mundo / Erronka Munduan / Challenge for the World 2023, Spain
Asian Feedback Film Festival, Canada
Festival del Cinema di Cefalù Palermo, Italy
Duemile30 International Film Experience Festival, Italy
Squish Movie Camp Queer and Feminist, Netherlands
Taos Pride Film Fest Taos, New Mexico, USA

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