Chinese Moms Love Their Gay Kids in ‘Mama Rainbow’

BANGKOK — A gay-positive Chinese documentary which challenges conservative notions of family and prevailed against censorship at home will show in Bangkok next month.

Directed by Fan Popo, “Mama Rainbow” looks at six mothers from different backgrounds and locales who talk openly about how their children came out to them.

While displays of family affection are rare and having gay children is considered shameful by many parents in mainland China, the film made a mark for its positive portrayal of Chinese moms who learn to speak up for their gay children.

The 80-minute documentary premiered in Hong Kong before showing at LGBT film fests in cities including Boston, Mumbai and Vancouver.


The Beijing-based director and his film made headlines last year for suing Chinese Censors after his film was pulled from domestic streaming sites. Popo won the legal battle in December, though state censors denied responsibility.


Mama Rainbow” will show in Chinese with English subtitles starting at 8pm on Oct. 9 at Jam. Activist-filmmaker Popo will be present at the event to discuss his film afterward in English.

Admission is free. The art-bar space is on Soi Charoen Rat 1, a five-minute walk from BTS Surasak’s exit No. 2.