The Legend of Sing Hay at Toronto Queer Film Festival

Saturday / Nov 3 / 18
8:00 pm

OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto

Toronto Queer Film Festival presents:

The Legend of Sing Hey

Directed by Becca Redden


Co-presented with FADO Performance Art Centre


Date: November 3 at 8:00pm

Venue: OCAD University (100 McCaul Street, Toronto)

Admission: Sliding scale $5–15 (no one turned away for lack of funds)


To purchase tickets in advance: https://torontoqueerfilmfest.com/product/sing-hey/


The Legend of Sing Hey

Directed by Becca Redden

2018 | 92 min


Centuries ago, on a rural fishing island in South Korea, a little voice began to grow. As generations passed, the voice grew stronger as it was passed down but not released. Through years of diaspora, environmental changes, and the emergence of the various oppressions that we know today, the voice was kept inside waiting to be unleashed onto the world at the right moment. This voice’s name was Sing Hey. As the voice continued down the bloodline, passed from holder to holder, it was born into the throat and the namesake of Janice Sing Hey Lee.


This feature documentary follows Lee, her sister, and her friends from Ontario to the East Coast: playing shows, sharing music, and rediscovering what home means by leaving it. The Legend of Sing Hey is a story that connects family, identity, and community with history and ancestral roots through performance, music, and celebration of spirit.


Featuring Janice Jo Lee, El Jones, Alysha Brilla, Kai Cheng Thom, Redd, Jamaal Jackson, King Kimbit, Saleem Ansari, Andre Fenton, Shawn Johnston, Malek Yalaoui, and Lydia Mainville.


Full program schedule: https://torontoqueerfilmfest.com/product-category/2018/



November 2–4, 2018




TQFF 2018: Decolonizing Sexualities

Queer and Trans sexualities and genders existed in the Americas long before Europeans arrived and fucked everything up. 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer people have been persecuted ever since, not only by colonizers, but also by their/our own colonized communities.


Upending mere reconciliation into decolonization in the Queer community means re-centering 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer people. TQFF’s theme this year is Decolonizing Sexualities. What does a decolonized sexuality look and feel like? What are alternative futures for Queer and Indigiqueer people freed from Christian-influenced censorship and shame? If a Queer festival doesn’t have power to give the land back, how can we give our spaces to Indigenous people?


Exploring these questions and more, the 2018 Toronto Queer FIlm Festival features twelve screenings plus workshops and panels from November 1-4 at OCAD University. In recognition of our festival theme Decolonizing Sexualities, over 45% of the films selected were made by Indigenous directors, with another 40% produced by directors of colour.


Accessibility at TQFF

All events are “pay what you can” and wheelchair accessible. This screening will be closed-captioned and ASL-interpreted. Both of our locations will have a pre-arranged waiting area with seating for audience members who need it prior to the doors opening for every event.

Please contact TQFF (https://torontoqueerfilmfest.com/contact/) if you have any additional accessibility-related inquiries.


[ Co-Presentations ]