In May 2021, QWOCMAP founding Executive/Artistic Director Madeleine Lim received a Lifetime Achievement in Community Building Award from the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco!

Mad has spent her whole life creating platforms for queer women of color to share their own lived experiences. Her leadership has inspired generations of queer filmmakers of color to take charge of their own representation. As Mad says, “If we [queer women of color] are not going to make films about our own lives, who will?

The award was presented to Mad during CCC’s virtual Harmony & Bliss gala, which featured an interview with Mad and heartfelt videos from CJ and Manisha Jiang, Jewelle Gomez and Diane Sabin, President of the SF Board of Supervisors Shamann Walton, and Margot Yapp, who all shared love and praise for Mad’s hard work.

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Chinese Cultural Center Harmony & Bliss Virtual Gala TV special 2021

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中華文化中心20日辦線上年會 表彰傑出華裔


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On a white background surrounded by a thin orange border, black text in orange quotation marks reads, “There is a history of inequity in arts funding, where communities of color are not trusted with the funds to do the work we know how to do really well.” Below, white text in an orange box reads SF Chronicle. In the bottom left corner is the QWOCMAP 20th anniversary logo, and black and orange text that reads Conflict over S.F. and YBCA’s guaranteed income for artists shows tension in movement for racial equity, written by Lily Janiak.On a navy background, white text reads History is Out of the Closet: Excavating Queer Stories for the Screen. Below is the AFI Docs logo. On the left is a headshot of an Asian person with light brown skin, short black and gray hair, and brown eyes, wearing a bright blue collared shirt and one earring. On the photo, the QWOCMAP logo is in the top right corner and the caption, which is white text on a gray transparent background, reads With Founding Executive Director Madeleine Lim.