Asian Film Focus 2017 | Short Film Screening 1

Over the course of the Asian Film Focus, Objectifs brings you a selection of short films that revolve around the theme 'Time Machine' . These works from Vietnam, India, the Philippines and Singapore, delve into notions of archival and found footage in the context of contemporary filmmaking in Asia. What can we glean from these glimpses into the past, and what does it say about our present and our future?

To find out more about the Asian Film Focus, click here.

Programme Duration: 67min. | There will be a post screening Q&A session | M18: Some Sexual Scenes.

1. "Eleven Men" by Nguyen Trinh Thi / 28 min / Vietnam
"Eleven Men" is composed of scenes from a range of Vietnamese classic narrative films featuring the same actress, Nhu Quynh. Spanning three decades of her legendary acting career, most of the movies - from 1966 to 2000 - were produced by the state-owned Vietnam Feature Film Studio. The film's text was adapted from "Eleven Sons", a short story by Franz Kafka first published in 1919, which begins with a father's declaration: "I have eleven sons", then describes each one of them in acute and ironic detail. Transposing the father's voice of Kafka's story, the film begins with a woman stating: "I have eleven men".

2. "Bare" by Santana Issar / 12 min / India
Two friends reconnect
at their childhood haunts in the heartlands. As the night lengthens, their conversations draw out how they have deviated from their dreams through the course of life.

3. "ABCD" by Roxlee / 6 min / Philippines

An experimental animation that is part socio-political commentary and surrealist whimsy, advocating for a new and personal take on the alphabet.

4. "Silent Night" by Liao Jiekai / 12 min / Singapore

An old female voice narrates memories of growing up in a Singapore that no longer exists, the passing of a generation and her acceptance of death; deep into the night, mechnical fans rotate to the rhythm of passing wind, a mourner accompanied by restless phantoms and a lonely moth perched upon the yellow funeral tent; together they welcome the silent light of daybreak.

5. "Dispatches" by Amshu Chukki (with text by Joshua Muyiwa) / 9 min / India
Abstracted scenes from the film 'Razia Sultan', which features a doomed romance between the only female sultan of Delhi and her Abyssinian slave, play out on monitors in several sites in Delhi that are strongly associated with the African community. The film draws tangents between the 13th century romance and African-Indian lovers in contemporary Delhi, exploring notions of belonging, memory and the idea of landscape in relation to the African identity.


About the Asian Film Focus

The Asian Film Focus promotes the creation and appreciation of independent films from the region. It is dedicated to the short film genre, cinema’s most democratic and expressive form. Each year, we work with the foremost film programmers in Asia to bring audiences exciting gems from different countries, with a different theme each time. Through screenings, panel discussions, and networking sessions, industry and audience members can come together to discuss trends and developments in film, and forge a community that celebrates the creative power of filmmaking.

To find out more about the programme, click here.

Header image from "ABCD", © Roxlee
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Wed Jul 12, 2017
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