Women in Film - Film Screenings 5 Nov, Thursday
The Women in Film & Photography Showcase at Objectifs is a tribute to the artists, photographers and filmmakers who have created works that tell stories with impact, break boundaries and inspire us. In this edition, we turn our focus to Asia, and will be featuring the works of 25 Asian women photographers and filmmakers.
In this inaugural edition of Women in Film, selected films from Singaporeans Kirsten Tan and Sun Koh, Thai Pimpaka Towira and Japanese Naoko Ogigami will be featured. Ranging from short experimental films to feature documentaries, the screenings illustrate their unique voices and independent filmmaking spirit. Two films, Roxy and Sussane (dir. Kirsten Tan) and Drem of Gerontius (dir. Sun Koh) will have its World Premiere at Women in Film.
All screenings are held at the Objectifs Chapel Gallery. Go to http://www.objectifs.com.sg/women-in-film/ for more information about the programme.
Short Films of Sun Koh / 5 November, Thursday / 8pm / 85 min / R21
Post screening Q&A with Sun Koh
1. The Secret Heaven / 16 min / 2002 / PG
Qian, 5, is under parental pressure to be just like her elder sister, a gifted pianist. The underachiever spends most of her time trying to skip piano lessons. When cornered by her piano teacher and mother, Qian discovers a most ingenious way to break free—by going to Heaven.
2. The Secret Passion of Mdm Tan Ah Lian / 16 min / 2014 / PG
Mdm Tan is past her retirement age but stubbornly clings on to her job despite pleas from her husband to retire and stay home. Littles does he know, she has been leading a secret life.
3. Dirty Bitch / 14 min / 2009 / R21
What kind of film would “Nénette et Boni” be if it was made by a funny woman from Singapore? A love letter to the Singapore censors, "Dirty Bitch" was inspired by a violently censored VHS copy of Claire Denis’ "Nénette et Boni" found at the Singapore library.
4. The Studio aka The Songs That Sung Her / 13 min / 2015 / PG
A Singaporean women was haunted by songs from her past while showering in the Swedish winter. Time passed and she forgot about the incident, until a surreptitious work assignment sent her home to film in the audio studio that recorded those very same songs she was singing in that shower. An old master tape plays, and she is once again lured to sing along.
5. Singapore Panda / 20 min / 2013 / PG
When a failing radio station is bought over by a Chinese multimedia conglomerate, two long term employees Koh and Hua is forced to do whatever it takes to stay relevant in the fast changing world of radio broadcasting. Meanwhile, the story of Koh's Chinese diaspora is told through the fictitious radio drama of a migrating panda. It mirrors his own life and shows the changes in 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese family in Singapore.
6. Drem of Gerontius / 6 min / M18
Directed by Sun Koh when she was based in Sweden for a few years, Drem of Gerontius is a music video featuring Swedish tenor Rickard Soderberg.