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February 20, 2023


Steven, a closeted Chinese international student, is preparing to lose his virginity to a stranger he met online. With video calls from his emphatic mother half a world away about his fabricated girlfriend and the looming presence of his deceased father, Steven is crumbling under the desperation to please his parents. Although he is very much alone, Steven is no less agonized by the idea of acting upon his desire to be with another man. When Andrew, the man in question, arrives and an unexpected connection forms, Steven must come to the bittersweet realization that to be happy you cannot pretend forever.

☆ There’s a first time for everything, good and bad. Will the first experience for the pure innocent boy be as good as he imagined?
☆ The Cambodian-New Zealand director utilizes the most intimate experiences to explore familial differences across cultures.