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Synopsis: Indian boy Karan recently gets a white stepsister, Lily, when their lesbian moms move together. Karan does not get along with Lily nor with this whole new family idea. As he desperately needs to blend in with peers at this upcoming party tonight, Lily gets her first period. Karan is forced to deal with it while his hard-earned new friend impatiently waiting.





Run Time

10 minutes


Nirvan Patnaik (Karan)
Elizabeth Kankiewicz (Lily)

Written by

Digvi Shah

Produced by

Eva Li

Edited by

Zhiqiu "Roxy" Jin


Alvaro Manrique Iribas

Director's Statement

I remember staying on the street in Taipei for days and nights, calling for equality, for same-sex marriage. In 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. I got tons of messages from my folks in Taiwan and started crying on my school mixer in L.A.. I pulled every friend over to tell them how much I feel proud of Taiwan.

We saw that as a big victory, while some our opponents freaked out about it and hurt LGBTQ+ community harder than ever, also turned to oppress LGBTQ+ people’s right of adoption, of fertility options, of forming the families they want. I realized the battle did not end and will not end any soon. LGBTQ+ people will not stop suffering just as the bill passed, and their children will not be freed from the discrimination and pressure from the society.

I turned to think about making LGBTQ+ film for children and teenagers, as we can never make the world more respectful if we do not affect from the end of education. We need to talk about it with kids, before they are crammed with stereotype and fear. We need to assist them to explore, to get the full picture. Only more and more healthy conversation will truly improve the world, and That’s what Thicker than Blood is trying to do.

Director's Bio

Liang-Chun Lin was born and raised in Taiwan. She earned her BA of Radio and Television at Chengchi University in Taipei. After 5 years working as an Assistant Director and Script supervisor, she is now pursuing an MFA in Film Production at Chapman University and working with both Taiwan and U.S. productions.

She has worked in almost all departments to be a considerate and knowledgeable director; from Producing, Camera, G&E, Production Design, Makeup, Wardrobe, to Editing and Color Grading. Seeing the screen from different perspectives helps her better communicate and make the best use of resources.

Other than film making, she is also devoted to social issues. Her participation in the LGBTQ+ movement, death penalty abolishment and rural education in Taiwan helped her better understand different perspectives. She now looks forward to telling more stories of the Asian community, of women and of underrepresented people.

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