QWOCMAP founding Executive/Artistic Director Madeleine Lim’s film Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997) is currently screening as part of the San Francisco Chinese Culture Center’s exhibit WOMEN我們: From Her to Here. Visit the exhibition at CCC’s gallery from 10-4pm Tuesday through Saturdays, until December 18, 2021. You can also view the exhibition online!

In Sambal Belacan in San Francisco, three first-generation immigrant Asian lesbians from Singapore grapple to create home and belonging. This award-winning documentary explores the multi-layered experiences of immigrant Asian lesbians living in the U.S.

Along with her films and her work as QWOCMAP’s Executive Director, Mad is a co-founder of Singaporean & Malaysian Bisexual Women and Lesbians (SAMBAL) and the US Asian Lesbian Network in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works tirelessly to create space and opportunities for artist-activists of color in the Bay Area and across the world.

On May 28 2021, Mad spoke at a special program hosted by Michelle Meow and the Chinese Culture Center, along with other artists featured in WOMEN我們: From Her to Here. Watch the recording of the panel, which began with Mad discussing the history of her film Sambal Belacan in San Francisco!

If you would like to watch or screen Sambal Belacan in San Francisco, please email distribution@qwocmap.org.

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Two Asian women gaze lovingly at each other as they lie in bed, lit with warm yellow and purple lights. The QWOCMAP logo is in the top left corner, and white text in the bottom right corner reads Sambal Belacan in San Francisco, A Film By Madeleine Lim.: On a dark green background, white text reads Global Women’s Rights Forum, University of San Francisco. 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.