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The Worlds of Bernice Bing: Film Screening with Madeleine Lim

Queer immigrant Asian filmmaker Madeleine Lim joins us virtually to screen two short films, including her doc on San Francisco Beat-era artist Bernice Bing.

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Celebrate Pride Month with this virtual screening of two short films by award-winning queer immigrant Asian filmmaker Madeleine Lim. Following the films, which focus on the experiences of Asian lesbians living in the United States, Lim discusses her works with Head of Contemporary Art Abby Chen. Lim‘s films shine a light on belonging and community as Asian Americans continue their fight for equity, safety, respect, and the right to be fully American. 


Happy Pride Month! In June, and all year long, the Asian Art Museum is proud to celebrate the LGBTQ community with programs like this one that uplift diverse voices and perspectives.


The Worlds of Bernice Bing  

This poignant documentary is a lush tribute to Bernice Bing, a San Francisco icon and littleknown foremother of Asian American avant-garde art. The film explores the life, activism, and art of this Abstract Expressionist painter, Beat-era existentialist, Buddhist, feminist, and Chinese American lesbian. (34 mins) 

Sambal Belacan in San Francisco  

In this award-winning documentary, three first-generation Asian lesbians from Singapore grapple to create home and belonging in the United States. Combining scripted scenes, cinema verité, poetry, interviews, and newsreel footage, this mixed-genre film visually conveys the multilayered experiences of immigrant Asian lesbians. (25 mins) 


Madeleine Lim is an award-winning filmmaker with over 25 years of experience as a producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Amsterdam Amnesty International Film Festival. In 2000, she founded the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) to enable queer women of color to tell their own authentic stories. She believes that a community of filmmaker-activists can change the craft of filmmaking and impact social justice leaders. Her 1997 film Sambal Belacan in San Francisco” remains banned in Singapore. 

The Asian Art Museum is committed to being accessible to all. If the price of this virtual program is a barrier for you, please use the code VIRTUALACCESS for complimentary admission. This promotion can be applied under the “Promo Code” section on the Payment Information page. 

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Copresented with the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) 

Thursday Nights are supported by Wells Fargo.

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