- Director: S. Leo Chiang; Johnny Symons
- Producer: S. Leo Chiang; Eva Moss
Do you want to see how fractured the LGBT community actually is?
Do you want to see how disinterested in politics the LGBT members - shamefully - are?
Look no further...the evidence is here.
The first LGBT political party - in the world - campaigning for 3 seats in the Philippine Congress...through proportional representation, their chances of success are pretty darn good. If every member of the LGBT community gave them their vote...well, they are going to be flapping their wings in the political arena!
So...what happened? Apathy? No.
They got all their policies wrong. Same-sex marriage was NOT on their docket! They - obviously - didn't want to upset the apple-cart too much in this - ostensibly - catholic country. Cowardice in politics = a guaranteed disaster.
In hindsight, all the participants agreed...they should have stood for same-sex marriage...look, it doesn't take Einstein to figure out that same-sex marriage is equality! Needless to say, the result was more decimation than loss...deservedly so, if you are going to stand up and fight for your community...know the bloody important issues!
The other issue that neither this film nor the [failed] would-be politicians addressed was the significant matter of the leader...a transgender woman. Throwing political correctness to the wind...how many gay men, how many lesbians can actually relate to trans issues?
Never over-estimate the electorate, never under-estimate them either...if the issues do not directly affect them...then, they ain't gonna bother! As so painfully demonstrated here...harsh as it sounds, true as it is.
Isn't it about time that the issues concerning the Ls & the Gs & the Bs & the Ts were duly recognised, separated and addressed, although the Bs don't really have any issues that aren't covered by the Ls and the Gs and there is some common ground between all the divisions within this so-called 'community'...yes, it's confusing, bemusing, perplexing and frustrating...but, that's what it has become. There's no point in clumping all the issues together...it just becomes one great big, indiscernible muddle...
The film does the best it can with a bad situation...obviously, if the result had been in their favour...it would have been a completely different film. It would have been joyful, celebratory...historic. But...they blew it.
It's a beautifully shot film...with beautiful people...trying - in vain - to do something important. Sadly, it was just a House of Cards from the beginning. Although somewhat masochistic...it's a film [well] worth watching...just to see the main issue-at-large: Community. What community!?!
Despite their visibility, the Filipino transgender community faces a harsh climate of transphobia in the heavily Catholic and conservative country. But change is in the air. Outrun follows three charismatic transgender women in their grassroots efforts to win seats for Ladlad candidates - the world's first LGBT political party. Can they convince the voters that they have a role to play in society outside of hairstylists, entertainers and sex workers?