2015 / 43 minutes

Directed by
Ruth Gumnit
Country of production
United States Thailand

Visible Silence offers a rare glimpse into the lives of Thai tomboys (toms), ladies (dees), and lesbians striving for recognition and acceptance in a traditional Buddhist society. The film highlights the experience of “toms,” masculine women who defy traditional female stereotypes and ideals, but are pressured by family and society to remain silent. While sexual orientation is not criminalized in Thailand, “toms” routinely face harassment from an unsympathetic society. This film captures the delicate interplay sexuality, gender, and faith in Thai culture.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest
Language and subtitles
Thai and English
Location(s) depicted

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