10-13th
December 2020
About
Film Festival

The Freedom Film Festival was founded on the idea that the unique voice of films speak to each and every one of us to bridge divides, ignite conversations and challenge perceptions. Every year it has become a highly anticipated cultural event that showcases critically acclaimed human rights and social justice films from Malaysia and around the world.

Freedom Film Festival offers a spectacle of latest award-winning films and talents from the world over – opening up conversations around films through discussion panels, workshops, masterclasses, and audience interactions to bring together the social activist and film going communities in Malaysia.

This year 2020 where a pandemic is still sweeping across the world, rebooting the reality of our lives and changing what we once took as normal life into something very different, the Freedom Film Fest like most festivals worldwide has had to adapt – and transition to an online digital experience with not just the film screenings but all of our forums and discussion panels set to take place in a digital space. Our world may have comes off the rails but our commitment to filmmaking perseveres. This year the Freedom Film Festival turns 18th year and continues to highlight the finest local and regional filmmakers in their goal to champion real human stories.

FreedomFilmFest 2020 – Race : Human

This year, FreedomFilmFestival returns for four days from 10-13th December with the timely theme RACE : HUMAN. Especially relevant this year where we have grappled with ideas of race, creed, colour, migrant, refugee and the systemic injustices faced by those defined as other. This year’s Fest features works by some of our film grant winners exploring what it means to be the other.

The FreedomFilmFest2020 ‘s Screenings this year

This year’s Freedom Film Festival 2020 aims to seize your imagination with screenings of premiere Malaysian films including FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant winners and a selection of South East films including a Retrospective of Singaporean Filmmakers. Showcasing films and documentaries that explore issues ranging from state assault on the freedom of expression in Malaysia, the plight of sex workers in Singapore during the pandemic, art-of-the-state propaganda in North Korea and children of the disappeared in 1965 Indonesia to Orang Asli facing encroachment on their native lands.

#FFF2020

Premiere Screenings of Malaysian and South East Asian Films

As we are hosting our first ever digital-only FreedomFilmFest this year, we are collaborating with the amazing folks at CloudTheatre to create a truly remarkable “theatre-going” experience!

And we’re inviting you to the party! FreedomFilmFest2020 is giving away 150 FREE PASSES per screening on a first come basis! So check out the screening times in our Festival Programme. And get your limited Free Passes now at cloudtheatres.com (Regular tickets are priced at RM5.00)

Each film screening will be followed by a panel discussion. So share with friend and enjoy great films and panel discussions!

FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner - Premiere

Director: Lily Fu

Malaysia | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 23 mins

Reflecting the breakdown of traditional family values in modern Malaysian society that marginalizes the elderly, Meniti Senja explores the alarming rise in the elderly being left to fend for themselves in aged care centers- removed from the comfort of homes they knew and children they raised. Recounting the stories of people who were once mothers, fathers, grandparents - now slowly aging amidst strangers within the walls of a care home in Puchong, this film tells their heart-breaking stories of abuse, exploitation and abandonment. Age eventually catches up with everyone and by 2030, Malaysia’s population >65 will increase to 15%. Are we witnessing our own fates in a not too distant future?

Membawa gambaran atas keruntuhan nilai kekeluargaan dalam masyarakat Malaysia moden yang memencilkan warga tua, Meniti Senja membongkar peningkatan membimbangkan kes warga tua yang ditinggalkan keseorangan di rumah penjagaan warga emas - jauh dari keselesaan hidup di rumah sendiri bersama anak-anak yang dibesarkan mereka. Menceritakan semula kisah-kisah mereka yang pernah menjadi ibu, bapa, datuk, dan nenek - yang kini beransur-ansur dimamah usia bersama orang-orang asing dalam rumah jagaan di Puchong, filem ini merakam kisah-kisah penganiayaan, eksploitasi, dan peninggalan yang menyayat hati. Setiap orang akan meniti usia tua, dan menjelang 2030, populasi rakyat berusia lebih 65 tahun akan meningkat sehingga 15%. Adakah kita sedang menyaksikan takdir sendiri di masa hadapan yang tak begitu lama lagi?

FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner - Premiere

Directors: Loh Jo Yee, Hidayah Hisham & Dominique Teoh

Malaysia | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 18 mins

In a country where possession of cannabis is punishable with death, Siti finds herself pulled into the unfamiliar world of lengthy legal proceedings and prison visits when her 60 year old father is arrested for using medical cannabis to treat his chronic illnesses. In her journey to save her father from the death penalty, Siti finds herself succumbing to fear and anxiety as she navigates through her own personal challenges - all the while fearing that she might never see her father again. All in all, ‘Ayahku, Dr. G’ is a story about a daughter’s quest for her father’s justice from a law that puts punishment before public health.

Dalam negara di mana pemilikan ganja boleh disabitkan dengan hukuman mati, Siti dibelenggu dengan proses perbicaraan mahkamah yang tiada penghujung serta kerap melawat ayahnya di penjara. Ayahnya yang berusia 60 tahun ditahan kerana mengambil ganja sebagai ubat untuk merawat penyakit kronik yang dihidapinya. Setiap cabaran yang dihadapi Siti untuk menyelamatkan ayahnya dari tali gantung menambahkan lagi perasaan takut dan resah dalam dirinya. Persoalan yang sering terngiang di kepala hanyalah satu - Adakah dia bakal kehilangan ayahnya?. ‘Ayahku, Dr. G’ menceritakan tentang kisah seorang anak yang bertungkus-lumus mencari keadilan buat ayahnya, mangsa undang-undang yang memandang enteng terhadap kebajikan awam dan menjurus kepada hukuman.

FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner - Premiere

Director- Jessica Lee

Singapore | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 14 mins

The Shades of Love is an intimate journey into the loves, lives and losses of 3 sex workers in Singapore. As an ordinary day in this city unfolds, the voices of these women take us beyond the everyday we dwell in, into the lived experiences they inhabit. Moving beyond the one-dimensional perception of sex workers, these women are also lovers, daughters, therapists, entrepreneurs, and educators. By shedding light on the humanity, dignity, and power of this marginalised and underserved community, their stories teach us one thing - love and life come in various shades.

Shades of Love adalah sebuah perjalanan intim menelusuri cinta, kehidupan, dan kehilangan buat tiga orang pekerja seks di Singapura. Di sebalik hari-hari biasa di kota ini, suara wanita-wanita ini membawa kita melangkaui kebiasaan kita, ke dalam pengalaman yang dilalui mereka. Meninggalkan pandangan satu dimensi tentang pekerja seks, wanita-wanita ini juga adalah pencinta, anak gadis, ahli terapi, usahawan, dan pendidik. Dengan menyuluhkan cahaya ke arah sisi kemanusiaan, harga diri, dan kuasa yang dimiliki oleh komuniti tertindas dan terasing ini, kisah mereka mengajar kita satu perkara - cinta dan kehidupan datang dalam pelbagai warna.

Premiere

Producers - Ada Along, Analisa Atang, Arni Natasya Ibrahim, Azie Ibrahim, Diana Tan, Lungey Uda, Maranisnie Mohsin, Natasya Robut, Niwani Sari, Nora Kantin, Rosdila Ngah Roslan, Rosita Dollah, Selindang Seliman, Sherry Tan, Sylvia Othman, Yaliyana Lenab

Malaysia | Documentary Temiar with English subtitles | 13 mins

Aleh, a young Orang Asli woman, struggles to find support from her village when her family's ancestral land is encroached. In fear of losing her land that she also uses to grow ubi kayu, she seeks out famous Orang Asli YouTuber ReaN to expose and share her story. But ReaN refuses at first as she believes that their community should pursue a better life in the city instead of farming on their land. Aleh and ReaN eventually realise that they share similar struggles because of their identity. Together, they find their voice and speak out.

Aleh, seorang wanita muda Orang Asli, kurang mendapat sokongan kampungnya apabila tanah keluargnya dicereboh. Beliau menggunakan tanah tersebut untuk menanam ubi kayu dan Aleh risau akan hilang hak terhadap warisan itu. Bagi menceritakan kisahnya dan mendapatkan pertolongan pihak luar, Aleh mencari Rien, seorang YouTuber Orang Asli yang terkenal. Pada mulannya Rien tidak berminat kerana beliau merasakan Orang Asli patut meninggalkan kampung dan mencari kehidupan yang lebih baik di bandar. Namun lama kelamaan, Rien sedar bahawa beliau dan Aleh mempunyai cabaran hidup yang sama kerana identiti mereka sebagai Orang Asli. Oleh itu, mereka bergabung tenaga dan tekad untuk menyuarakan diri mereka.

Premiere

Director - Arian Md Zahari

Malaysia | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 23 mins

Political documentary Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka follows the cult-filmmaker of ‘Kembara Seniman Jalanan’ on his reflective journey looking at the complex culture of censorship in Malaysia. In particular 1992, the year rock musicians were give the short shrift- literally having their hair cropped on stage. Live on-air. What truly went on behind the scenes of this most shocking event in nineties Malaysia, affected the creative output of Nasir Jani in the succeeding years. This intertwining of Mahathirism in its formative period to the ironic culture of authoritarianism - this documentary visualises multiple perspectives of upcoming filmmakers, Amanda Nell Eu and Steven Sarathbabu, grappling and negotiating with the logic of censorship and what goes on behind it.

92’. Rockers menangis. Langsung dari kaca tivi. Apa yang berlaku di sebalik peristiwa awal 90-an yang cukup mengejutkan di Malaysia ini sekaligus memberi kesan kepada pengkaryaan Nasir Jani pada tahun-tahun berikutnya? Dokumentari ‘Kembara Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka’ mengekor perjalanan pembikin filem-kultus ‘Kembara Seniman Jalanan’ ini dalam merenung kompleksnya budaya penapisan di Malaysia. Pertembungan Mahathirisme di awal-awal pemerintahannya sehinggalah budaya autoritarian yang cukup ironis, dokumentari ini juga menanggapi perspektif rencam dari pembikin filem muda, Amanda Nell Eu dan Steven Sarathbabu yang bergelut dan menggelecek dengan logik penapisan serta apa yang berlaku di baliknya.

FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner - Premiere

Director: Lily Fu

Malaysia | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 23 mins

Reflecting the breakdown of traditional family values in modern Malaysian society that marginalizes the elderly, Meniti Senja explores the alarming rise in the elderly being left to fend for themselves in aged care centers- removed from the comfort of homes they knew and children they raised. Recounting the stories of people who were once mothers, fathers, grandparents - now slowly aging amidst strangers within the walls of a care home in Puchong, this film tells their heart-breaking stories of abuse, exploitation and abandonment. Age eventually catches up with everyone and by 2030, Malaysia’s population >65 will increase to 15%. Are we witnessing our own fates in a not too distant future?

Membawa gambaran atas keruntuhan nilai kekeluargaan dalam masyarakat Malaysia moden yang memencilkan warga tua, Meniti Senja membongkar peningkatan membimbangkan kes warga tua yang ditinggalkan keseorangan di rumah penjagaan warga emas - jauh dari keselesaan hidup di rumah sendiri bersama anak-anak yang dibesarkan mereka. Menceritakan semula kisah-kisah mereka yang pernah menjadi ibu, bapa, datuk, dan nenek - yang kini beransur-ansur dimamah usia bersama orang-orang asing dalam rumah jagaan di Puchong, filem ini merakam kisah-kisah penganiayaan, eksploitasi, dan peninggalan yang menyayat hati. Setiap orang akan meniti usia tua, dan menjelang 2030, populasi rakyat berusia lebih 65 tahun akan meningkat sehingga 15%. Adakah kita sedang menyaksikan takdir sendiri di masa hadapan yang tak begitu lama lagi?

FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner - Premiere

Directors: Loh Jo Yee, Hidayah Hisham & Dominique Teoh

Malaysia | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 18 mins

In a country where possession of cannabis is punishable with death, Siti finds herself pulled into the unfamiliar world of lengthy legal proceedings and prison visits when her 60 year old father is arrested for using medical cannabis to treat his chronic illnesses. In her journey to save her father from the death penalty, Siti finds herself succumbing to fear and anxiety as she navigates through her own personal challenges - all the while fearing that she might never see her father again. All in all, ‘Ayahku, Dr. G’ is a story about a daughter’s quest for her father’s justice from a law that puts punishment before public health.

Dalam negara di mana pemilikan ganja boleh disabitkan dengan hukuman mati, Siti dibelenggu dengan proses perbicaraan mahkamah yang tiada penghujung serta kerap melawat ayahnya di penjara. Ayahnya yang berusia 60 tahun ditahan kerana mengambil ganja sebagai ubat untuk merawat penyakit kronik yang dihidapinya. Setiap cabaran yang dihadapi Siti untuk menyelamatkan ayahnya dari tali gantung menambahkan lagi perasaan takut dan resah dalam dirinya. Persoalan yang sering terngiang di kepala hanyalah satu - Adakah dia bakal kehilangan ayahnya?. ‘Ayahku, Dr. G’ menceritakan tentang kisah seorang anak yang bertungkus-lumus mencari keadilan buat ayahnya, mangsa undang-undang yang memandang enteng terhadap kebajikan awam dan menjurus kepada hukuman.

FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner - Premiere

Director- Jessica Lee

Singapore | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 14 mins

The Shades of Love is an intimate journey into the loves, lives and losses of 3 sex workers in Singapore. As an ordinary day in this city unfolds, the voices of these women take us beyond the everyday we dwell in, into the lived experiences they inhabit. Moving beyond the one-dimensional perception of sex workers, these women are also lovers, daughters, therapists, entrepreneurs, and educators. By shedding light on the humanity, dignity, and power of this marginalised and underserved community, their stories teach us one thing - love and life come in various shades.

Shades of Love adalah sebuah perjalanan intim menelusuri cinta, kehidupan, dan kehilangan buat tiga orang pekerja seks di Singapura. Di sebalik hari-hari biasa di kota ini, suara wanita-wanita ini membawa kita melangkaui kebiasaan kita, ke dalam pengalaman yang dilalui mereka. Meninggalkan pandangan satu dimensi tentang pekerja seks, wanita-wanita ini juga adalah pencinta, anak gadis, ahli terapi, usahawan, dan pendidik. Dengan menyuluhkan cahaya ke arah sisi kemanusiaan, harga diri, dan kuasa yang dimiliki oleh komuniti tertindas dan terasing ini, kisah mereka mengajar kita satu perkara - cinta dan kehidupan datang dalam pelbagai warna.

Premiere

Producers - Ada Along, Analisa Atang, Arni Natasya Ibrahim, Azie Ibrahim, Diana Tan, Lungey Uda, Maranisnie Mohsin, Natasya Robut, Niwani Sari, Nora Kantin, Rosdila Ngah Roslan, Rosita Dollah, Selindang Seliman, Sherry Tan, Sylvia Othman, Yaliyana Lenab

Malaysia | Documentary Temiar with English subtitles | 13 mins

Aleh, a young Orang Asli woman, struggles to find support from her village when her family's ancestral land is encroached. In fear of losing her land that she also uses to grow ubi kayu, she seeks out famous Orang Asli YouTuber ReaN to expose and share her story. But ReaN refuses at first as she believes that their community should pursue a better life in the city instead of farming on their land. Aleh and ReaN eventually realise that they share similar struggles because of their identity. Together, they find their voice and speak out.

Aleh, seorang wanita muda Orang Asli, kurang mendapat sokongan kampungnya apabila tanah keluargnya dicereboh. Beliau menggunakan tanah tersebut untuk menanam ubi kayu dan Aleh risau akan hilang hak terhadap warisan itu. Bagi menceritakan kisahnya dan mendapatkan pertolongan pihak luar, Aleh mencari Rien, seorang YouTuber Orang Asli yang terkenal. Pada mulannya Rien tidak berminat kerana beliau merasakan Orang Asli patut meninggalkan kampung dan mencari kehidupan yang lebih baik di bandar. Namun lama kelamaan, Rien sedar bahawa beliau dan Aleh mempunyai cabaran hidup yang sama kerana identiti mereka sebagai Orang Asli. Oleh itu, mereka bergabung tenaga dan tekad untuk menyuarakan diri mereka.

Premiere

Director - Arian Md Zahari

Malaysia | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 23 mins

Political documentary Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka follows the cult-filmmaker of ‘Kembara Seniman Jalanan’ on his reflective journey looking at the complex culture of censorship in Malaysia. In particular 1992, the year rock musicians were give the short shrift- literally having their hair cropped on stage. Live on-air. What truly went on behind the scenes of this most shocking event in nineties Malaysia, affected the creative output of Nasir Jani in the succeeding years. This intertwining of Mahathirism in its formative period to the ironic culture of authoritarianism - this documentary visualises multiple perspectives of upcoming filmmakers, Amanda Nell Eu and Steven Sarathbabu, grappling and negotiating with the logic of censorship and what goes on behind it.

92’. Rockers menangis. Langsung dari kaca tivi. Apa yang berlaku di sebalik peristiwa awal 90-an yang cukup mengejutkan di Malaysia ini sekaligus memberi kesan kepada pengkaryaan Nasir Jani pada tahun-tahun berikutnya? Dokumentari ‘Kembara Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka’ mengekor perjalanan pembikin filem-kultus ‘Kembara Seniman Jalanan’ ini dalam merenung kompleksnya budaya penapisan di Malaysia. Pertembungan Mahathirisme di awal-awal pemerintahannya sehinggalah budaya autoritarian yang cukup ironis, dokumentari ini juga menanggapi perspektif rencam dari pembikin filem muda, Amanda Nell Eu dan Steven Sarathbabu yang bergelut dan menggelecek dengan logik penapisan serta apa yang berlaku di baliknya.

A Retrospective of Singaporean Filmmakers

This year’s Festival showcases a retrospective of four Singaporean filmmakers – Lynn Lee, Tay Bee Pin, Tan Pin Pin and Martyn See – their differing cinematic styles offer us a unique Singaporean signature touching on the art-of-the-state propaganda in North Korea, political dissent, media censorship and an unforgettable fire in Singapore’s HDB housing heartland.

2012 Release

Director - Lynn Lee

Singapore | Documentary | Korean with English subtitles | 94 mins

North Korea’s film industry is a vital tool in the regime's vast propaganda machinery. Now, for the first time ever, foreign filmmakers have been allowed into the country's only film school - an elite institution where young talents are trained to create works that will not only entertain, but help shape the psyche of an entire nation. Kim Un Bom and Ri Yun Mi are two aspiring actors handpicked to become future movie stars. Idealistic and ambitious, they have huge dreams. Their lives are a reflection of how the best and brightest live in the world's most secretive state. Over at the North Korean Film Studio, Director Pyo Hang is racing to complete the country’s latest blockbuster, a period drama featuring a cast of hundreds. It’s a highly stressful environment and Pyo has his work cut out – he must not only rally his cast and crew, he must deliver a masterpiece that will please his leaders.

Industri filem Korea Utara adalah alatan penting dalam jentera propaganda meluas rejim tersebut. Kini, untuk pertama kali, pembikin filem luar negara dibenarkan untuk menjejakkan kaki ke satu-satunya sekolah filem negara tersebut – sebuah institusi elit di mana bakat-bakat muda dilatih untuk menghasilkan karya yang bukan sahaja menghiburkan, tetapi juga membentuk pemikiran seluruh negara. Kim Un Bom dan Ri Yun Mi adalah dua orang pelakon baharu yang terpilih khusus untuk menjadi bintang filem masa hadapan. Idealistik dan bercita-cita tinggi, mereka menyimpan impian besar. Kehidupan mereka adalah cerminan kepada bagaimana golongan terbaik dan terpintar melalui kehidupan di negara paling berahsia tersebut. Di Studio Filem Korea Utara, Pengarah Pyo Hang mengejar masa untuk menyiapkan filem pecah panggung terbaharu, sebuah filem drama masa lampau yang membariskan ratusan pelakon. Ia sebuah keadaan yang amat menekan dan hasil kerjanya sudah ditentukan – beliau bukan sahaja perlu mengumpulkan pelakon dan krewnya, tetapi juga perlu menghasilkan sebuah karya yang menyenangkan pemimpinnya.

The Guardian - “Behind the scenes of the propaganda movie industry: documentary film-makers Lynn Lee and James Leong followed the making of an anti-Japanese propaganda movie meant to glorify North Korea's 50 year-old Songun or 'military first' campaign. These excerpts from their documentary, The Great North Korean Picture Show, reveal the determination of cast and crew to please the Pyongyang regime”

Recent Screening -Bergen International Film Festival - Norway, Oct 2020

2007 Release

Director – Tan Pin Pin

Singapore | Documentary | Mandarin, Japanese, English with English subtitles | 60 mins

Invisible City is a documentary about documenteurs. The director interviews photographers, journalists, archaeologists, people propelled by curiosity to find a City for themselves. The documentary conveys how deeply personal their search is and how fragile histories are, hanging on only through their memories and artefacts. Interwoven with the interviews is never seen before footage and photos of Singapore culled from their personal archives. In Invisible City, you witness the atrophy of memory, you see a City that could have been. Invisible City opened in Singapore for a theatrical run on 22 July 2007 where it had a four week sold out run.

Invisible City adalah dokumentari tentang orang di sebalik dokumentari. Pengarah telah menemubual jurugambar, wartawan, ahli arkeologi, dan orang-orang yang hidup dipandu sifat ingin tahu untuk mencari 'Kota' buat diri sendiri. Dokumentari ini mengisahkan betapa peribadinya pencarian mereka dan bagaimana rapuhnya sejarah, terus hidup semata-mata melalui memori dan artifak tinggalan. Temubual yang dipaparkan turut diselangi dengan rakaman dan gambar-gambar berkaitan Singapura yang tidak pernah dilihat sebelum ini, yang dibongkar dari simpanan dan arkib peribadi mereka. Melalui Invisible City, anda akan menyaksikan sisa-sisa memori, sebuah Kota yang hampir menjadi nyata.

2015 Release

Director: Tay Bee Pin

Singapore | Film | English and Mandarin with English subtitles | 94 mins

“This place was once burnt down.” Metaphorically, it was no child’s play but that was literally true for Siglap’s big fire in 1962. Today, Mr Lim’s old movie ticket is a sentimental memento that reminds him of one of Singapore’s first public housing. Farewell, the four HDB blocks of Siglap.

“Tempat ini pernah terbakar hangus”. Sebagai kiasan, ia bukan perkara kecil tetapi ini adalah kejadian sebenar iaitu kebakaran besar Siglap pada 1962. Hari ini, tiket filem lama milik En Lim menjadi kenang-kenangan sentimental yang mengingatkannya kepada perumahan awam pertama di Singapura. Selamat tinggal, rumah HDP Siglap.

2012 Release

Director - Lynn Lee

Singapore | Documentary | Korean with English subtitles | 94 mins

North Korea’s film industry is a vital tool in the regime's vast propaganda machinery. Now, for the first time ever, foreign filmmakers have been allowed into the country's only film school - an elite institution where young talents are trained to create works that will not only entertain, but help shape the psyche of an entire nation. Kim Un Bom and Ri Yun Mi are two aspiring actors handpicked to become future movie stars. Idealistic and ambitious, they have huge dreams. Their lives are a reflection of how the best and brightest live in the world's most secretive state. Over at the North Korean Film Studio, Director Pyo Hang is racing to complete the country’s latest blockbuster, a period drama featuring a cast of hundreds. It’s a highly stressful environment and Pyo has his work cut out – he must not only rally his cast and crew, he must deliver a masterpiece that will please his leaders.

Industri filem Korea Utara adalah alatan penting dalam jentera propaganda meluas rejim tersebut. Kini, untuk pertama kali, pembikin filem luar negara dibenarkan untuk menjejakkan kaki ke satu-satunya sekolah filem negara tersebut – sebuah institusi elit di mana bakat-bakat muda dilatih untuk menghasilkan karya yang bukan sahaja menghiburkan, tetapi juga membentuk pemikiran seluruh negara. Kim Un Bom dan Ri Yun Mi adalah dua orang pelakon baharu yang terpilih khusus untuk menjadi bintang filem masa hadapan. Idealistik dan bercita-cita tinggi, mereka menyimpan impian besar. Kehidupan mereka adalah cerminan kepada bagaimana golongan terbaik dan terpintar melalui kehidupan di negara paling berahsia tersebut. Di Studio Filem Korea Utara, Pengarah Pyo Hang mengejar masa untuk menyiapkan filem pecah panggung terbaharu, sebuah filem drama masa lampau yang membariskan ratusan pelakon. Ia sebuah keadaan yang amat menekan dan hasil kerjanya sudah ditentukan – beliau bukan sahaja perlu mengumpulkan pelakon dan krewnya, tetapi juga perlu menghasilkan sebuah karya yang menyenangkan pemimpinnya.

The Guardian - “Behind the scenes of the propaganda movie industry: documentary film-makers Lynn Lee and James Leong followed the making of an anti-Japanese propaganda movie meant to glorify North Korea's 50 year-old Songun or 'military first' campaign. These excerpts from their documentary, The Great North Korean Picture Show, reveal the determination of cast and crew to please the Pyongyang regime”

Recent Screening -Bergen International Film Festival - Norway, Oct 2020

2007 Release

Director – Tan Pin Pin

Singapore | Documentary | Mandarin, Japanese, English with English subtitles | 60 mins

Invisible City is a documentary about documenteurs. The director interviews photographers, journalists, archaeologists, people propelled by curiosity to find a City for themselves. The documentary conveys how deeply personal their search is and how fragile histories are, hanging on only through their memories and artefacts. Interwoven with the interviews is never seen before footage and photos of Singapore culled from their personal archives. In Invisible City, you witness the atrophy of memory, you see a City that could have been. Invisible City opened in Singapore for a theatrical run on 22 July 2007 where it had a four week sold out run.

Invisible City adalah dokumentari tentang orang di sebalik dokumentari. Pengarah telah menemubual jurugambar, wartawan, ahli arkeologi, dan orang-orang yang hidup dipandu sifat ingin tahu untuk mencari 'Kota' buat diri sendiri. Dokumentari ini mengisahkan betapa peribadinya pencarian mereka dan bagaimana rapuhnya sejarah, terus hidup semata-mata melalui memori dan artifak tinggalan. Temubual yang dipaparkan turut diselangi dengan rakaman dan gambar-gambar berkaitan Singapura yang tidak pernah dilihat sebelum ini, yang dibongkar dari simpanan dan arkib peribadi mereka. Melalui Invisible City, anda akan menyaksikan sisa-sisa memori, sebuah Kota yang hampir menjadi nyata.

2015 Release

Director: Tay Bee Pin

Singapore | Film | English and Mandarin with English subtitles | 94 mins

“This place was once burnt down.” Metaphorically, it was no child’s play but that was literally true for Siglap’s big fire in 1962. Today, Mr Lim’s old movie ticket is a sentimental memento that reminds him of one of Singapore’s first public housing. Farewell, the four HDB blocks of Siglap.

“Tempat ini pernah terbakar hangus”. Sebagai kiasan, ia bukan perkara kecil tetapi ini adalah kejadian sebenar iaitu kebakaran besar Siglap pada 1962. Hari ini, tiket filem lama milik En Lim menjadi kenang-kenangan sentimental yang mengingatkannya kepada perumahan awam pertama di Singapura. Selamat tinggal, rumah HDP Siglap.