Stories That Matter: Short Films Programme 2
Stories That Matter features documentaries, essays, and narratives that look into the societal and cultural aspects of our world. Sometimes critical, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes heartbreaking - these stories may be personal, but the themes and impact are often universal.
From environmental crises to personal stories, this lineup of documentary and fiction films gives insight into the meta and micro narratives that impact our lives. Featuring an international selection of short and feature films from countries such as Iran, The Philippines, the United States, and Singapore.
All screenings are held at the Objectifs Chapel Gallery. Go to http://www.objectifs.com.sg/storiesthatmatter2016/ for more information about the programme.
Screenings are free but pre-registration is required. Entry by donation.
Objectifs is a partner of ‘Watch Local’, an initiative under the Singapore Film Commission.
The 100 Years Show by Alison Klayman / USA / 30 min / Rating TBC
Carmen Herrera is one of the oldest working artists today. She was a pioneering abstract painter in the '40s and '50s, but only recently found the recognition that eluded her for most of her career as she approaches her 100th birthday.
Image Makers: A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World by Jow Zhi Wei / Singapore / 18 min / PG
Continuing the exploration of the intersections between humans and nature, the founder of the Institute of Critical Zoologists, artist-photographer Robert Zhao Renhui goes deep into a forested area on one of his field trips in nature-controlled Singapore to conduct a survey of the species and eco-systems and capture what might be left undoctored by man.
A Souvenir from Switzerland by Sorayos Prapapan / Thailand / 13 min / PG13
Sorayos's short film was invited to screen in Switzerland. He went there and coincidentally met his Afghanistan filmmaker friend who became a refugee. Sorayos comes back to Thailand and tells the story of this Afghanistan filmmaker to his friend.
The Four HDB Blocks of Siglap by Tay Bee Pin / Singapore / 9 min / PG
“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. The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) bids farewell to the four HDB blocks of Siglap in this short film that documented touching memories shared by residents.
Image Makers: Darren Soh by Chai Yee Wei / Singapore / 8 min / G
Learn about the craft and process of photographer Darren Soh in a documentary directed by Chai Yee Wei.
Lucid Reminiscences by Wattanapume Laisuwanchai / Thailand / 14 min / PG
Nowadays almost all of stand alone movie theaters in Bangkok went out of business. Not only movie theater is the place that brought happiness to filmgoers, but the building itself is also the recorder of history. The film is made as a memory of forgotten movie theaters hidden in various parts of Bangkok by connecting stories and memories of the film fans, in order to revive these old movie theaters again.
Heart of Stone (Pusong Bato) by Pam Miras / Philippines / 8 min / PG
A man and woman help each other survive on a desert island, while clinging onto hope of one day returning to their lives back in civilisation. But theirs is an unlikely alliance.