The Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival is celebrating its 16th anniversary with 59 screenings and five parties spread over the next two weeks. The festival kicks off tomorrow with local director Yan-yan Mak's Butterfly, the film that also opened the Venice Film Festival Critics' Week, while Quentin Lee's Ethan Mao has been chosen as the closing film for December 4 (although screenings wrap up on December 5). But for festival co-director Denise Tang the highlights this year are twofold: the fact that the programme has a distinctly 'local' flavour (as shown by Hong Kong directors holding down both opening and closing slots) and that documentaries form a substantial part of the screenings. Tang, working towards a PhD at Polytechnic University focusing on lesbian urban spaces (i.e., where they meet and hang out), returned to Hong Kong a year ago after living in San Francisco since 1989. 'Even with the sorts of laws we have here in Hong Kong, which are not ideal, after viewing documentaries such as Dangerous Living, you can see how lucky in some ways we are to be living in Hong Kong,' she says. 'What these documentaries do is give us a more global picture and let the audience see how identities such as gays, lesbians and transgenders are being talked about in various parts of the world.' The John Scagliotti-directed Dangerous Living centres around the arrest of 52 men in Cairo in 2001. They were charged with and convicted of committing crimes of debauchery and the filmmaker uses this and other tales of oppression from around the world. It is being presented in Hong Kong by Amnesty International and the screenings - on December 1 and 4 at Broadway Cinematheque - will be followed by discussions. Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, tomorrow-Dec 5. Tickets $60 for screenings at Palace IFC and $55 for shows at Broadway Cinematheque. For details see www.hklgff.com .