True Colors Film Festival 2020 kicks off with ’37 Seconds’ and ‘Elsewhere’

Launching today, the International Day of Persons with Disability

The True Colors Film Festival (TCFF) kicks off its 2020 event today, December 3, which is the International Day of Persons with Disability.

The ten-day festival, which has the theme “One World, One Family”, will be premiering films like 37 Seconds, a Japanese film about a manga artist with cerebral palsy, and Elsewhere, an Italian film on Downs syndrome.

In a statement, TCFF said it selected these films to join the world in promoting “the rights and well-being of the more than 1 billion people around the world living with disabilities”.


Aside from the films mentioned, TCFF will be streaming 30 award-winning films, documentaries and dialogues on The Projector Plus and Vimeo until December 12. Also shortlisted in the festival are Southeast Asian films like Moral (Philippines), Talentime (Malaysia) and Blue Gate Crossing (Taiwan).

Moral, a feminist film directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, won Best Screenplay at the 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival. Talentime was directed by Yasmin Ahmad, who won Best Director at the 2009 Malaysia Film Festival. It also won Best Southeast Asian Film at the 2009 Cinemanila Film Festival.

Blue Gate Crossing, directed by Yee Chih-Yen, was the official selection of the Director’s Fortnight 2002 at Cannes.

Viewers can find the full film lineup and details on how to stream them on TCFF’s website.

TCFF is part of True Colors Festival, a performing arts event presented by The Nippon Foundation to celebrate diversity and inclusivity across the globe. Since 2006, the festival has been held in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Japan.


Earlier this year, True Colors Festival held an international panel about hip-hop and its capacity for empowerment.