Riau (2003) and Bontoc Eulogy (1995) | SEA of Sadness

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Short film Riau (2003) will be screened as a double bill screening with Bontoc Eulogy (1995)

Riau (2003)
Director: Zai Kuning
Runtime: 30 minutes
Country: Singapore, Indonesia
Language: Malay with English subtitles
Rating: PG

7 Aug, Wed - 8PM

Screening courtesy of Singapore Art Museum Collection

Riau documents Zai Kuning’s period of stay with the Orang Laut (sea gypsies) in a nomadic fishing village around the Riau islands, which are situated between Singapore and Indonesia. The film chronicles the history of this slowly disappearing people, as well as Kuning’s attempt to define himself, as a Malay Singaporean, in relation to their culture. Through a delicate interweaving of direct visual impressions of the people’s daily life with Kuning’s own anecdotal reflections, a dislocated history is intimated. As he advances closer towards his subject, rather than discovering a harmony grounded on their common Malay heritage, Kuning finds instead the painful possibility of irreconcilability.

Bontoc Eulogy (1995)
Director: Marlon Fuentes
Runtime: 56 minutes
Country: Philippines, USA
Language: English
Rating: NC16

7 Aug, Wed 8PM

San Francisco International Film Festival 1996
Ann Arbor Film Festival 1996

A unique fusion of rare archival images and carefully orchestrated “reenactments,” Marlon Fuentes’ Bontoc Eulogy centers on the experiences of the 1,102 Filipinos who were brought to America to be displayed as live exhibits at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The film is presented as Fuentes’ personal inquiry into his Bontoc grandfather Markod’s participation at the Fair―except Markod never really existed. This faux documentary oscillates between historical memory and cinematic imagination, so as to foreground the conflicts that arise between subject, artist and audience in the act of narrating and documenting history.

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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.

Wed Aug 7, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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[General Admission] Riau (2003) and Bontoc Eulogy (1995) - 7 Aug, 8pm SOLD OUT $10.00
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