My Dear is a self-reflective documentary about the will of a young Chinese director to express his own sexual identity in Europe.
Bio-filmography of the director
A Shanghai Film Academy graduate in Film & TV Art and Technology, Aragon Yao began his career as a cinematographer, colorist, and editor. After crewing on Mauro Andrizzi’s A Shanghai Bride, he left China to pursue a Doc Nomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Documentary Filmmaking. My Dear is his first film and premiered at the 65th San Francisco Film Festival in 2022.
A common impression of Chinese people in the eyes of others, especially in the past, is that we are introverted and don’t like to express ourselves. This stereotype does exist and it’s very true even till now. Coming from a small town in China, marriage has its own proper timeline and schedule: boys should get married from 22 to 26, girls should get married from 20 to 24, boys should become a father at the age of 26 to 28 and if it’s a son it will be even better. Although situations have been changing in China during these years especially in big cities, however, most unopen gay men in China would still face a severe problem when becoming 25, "why don’t you find a girl and get married?".
Aragon Yao, Asim Amjad, Marcell Harhai, Lady Dömper, Mary Lou, Betty Blue
Director: Aragon Yao Cinematography: Aragon Yao Editors: Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Aragon Yao; Agnes Meng; Kopal Joshy Sound Mixing: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Music: Bálint Magyar Make Up: Dye Lu, Nino Gogua Shadowplay: Aragon Yao; Dye Lu Producer: Mário Gajo de Carvalho
Image: 16x9 / Sound: Stereo / Format: HD / Documentary