About Generals and Other Coconuts | SEA of Sadness

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About Generals and Other Coconuts
Director: Various
Runtime: 100 minutes
Country: Various country
Language: Various language with English subtitles
Rating: TBA

24 Aug, Sat – 4pm

A programme of short films from different corners of Southeast Asia, all of which are made by women and deal with tough and dark subjects. Each filmmaker demonstrates, in her own unique way, an acuity in social observation, and exhibits a deeply personal, political passion, a palpable sense of outrage in the face of injustice. Most significantly, every filmmaker gathered here displays in her work a genuine feeling and empathy for her people.

About the films:
Orphan (2017, dir. Anna Isabelle Matutina)
Philippines | 3 mins | Tagalog

A puppet-movie documentary in which an 11-year-old girl recalls the night she lost her parents, amidst President Duterte’s brutal “war on drugs.”

Coconut (2015, dir. Anocha Suwichakornpong)
Thailand | 13 mins | No dialogue

This film juxtaposes two kinds of documentary images, shown in parallel with each other: tourist footage from Myanmar of locals practising traditional handicrafts as a tourist attraction; and, the filmmaker’s recordings of the real, harsh handiwork of Myanmar workers turning coconut husks into fibre at a factory in a Thai town close to the Myanmar border.

Old Thoughts in Tattered Paper (2018, dir. Mina Cruz)
Philippines | 5 mins | No dialogue

Haunted by voices in her head, a woman struggles to write a poem.

Recurrencia (2016, dir. Mina Cruz)
Philippines | 10 mins | No dialogue

Though the war had ended long ago, a woman relives daily her memories of the Manila Massacre, when many Filipino women were raped and murdered by Japanese soldiers towards the end of World War II.

No’i (2016, dir. Aline Magrez)
Belgium, Vietnam | 22 mins | No dialogue

An emotional description of Hanoi and its inhabitants, linking all its elements together through a kinetic montage of objects, bodies and movements that renders the culture of the place tangible and perceptible.
Winner of the Prix Graine de Doc and Special Mention Award at the Doc en Courts Documentary Short Film Festival (2017) and the Promotional Award (International Competition) of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2016)

Prelude to the General (นิมิตลวง) (2016, dir. Pimpaka Towira)
Thailand | 11 mins | Thai

An unspecified place and time. Two women face one another. The elder is a masseuse who serves the General.
She knows his secret. The young woman warns her of an imminent danger.
Winner of the Jury Prize Award (Short Film Competition) at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (2016)

The Purple Kingdom (2016, dir. Pimpaka Towira)
Thailand | 31 mins | Thai, Karen

Kaeng Krachan National Park covers the ancestral land of ethnic Karen tribes. In 2011, authorities burned down their homes to force them out. Karen activist “Billy” Rakchongcharoen filed a lawsuit; three years later, he goes missing. Billy’s wife plays a woman who, outraged by injustice, enters into a daze, trapped between dream and reality.

The Return (การกลับมาของปะอู) (2017, dir. Pimpaka Towira)
Thailand | 5 mins | Thai

Preecha is talking to his brother ‘Hta’. A moment later, their recently deceased brother Pa-U returns to bid farewell. A film dedicated to young Lahu activist and filmmaker Chaiyapoom Pasae, a victim of an extrajudicial killing.

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About SEA of Sadness
2- 28 Aug | Oldham Theatre

With more than 20 years’ experience working on Southeast Asian cinema as a senior programmer at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Gertjan Zuilhof has developed close relationships with many of the region’s filmmakers and affinities with their works. The SEA of Sadness programme is a culmination of his curatorial experience. Previously presented at the 2018 edition of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, the programme is now being presented for the first time in Southeast Asia at the Asian Film Archive.

The films selected for the programme include classic masterpieces as well as contemporary work from promising young directors; both feature-length films and shorts; and works of all genres, ranging from “pure” documentary to fiction films and experimental videos. These films represent the high quality of original work produced in Southeast Asia over the last two decades.

The sadness indicated in the title of the programme does not mean only that the films are concerned with sadness as an emotion, but also that they are sensitive, personal, and made with genuine feeling, delving deep into the memories and hopes of the people in the countries they were made in.
Sat Aug 24, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM SGT
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[General Admission] About Generals and Other Coconuts - 24 Aug, 4pm $10.00
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