2020 has been an unprecedented year, changing the nature of the way we think, behave, and communicate. At SGIFF, we’ve had to respond. While the pandemic waits for its cinematic reaction, the year has produced other themes – identities, the role of women filmmakers – that have gained impetus. We’ve looked to these for this year’s New Waves.

Our extended programme of work from the broader Asian region brings together young directors with established filmmakers. Their unique and powerful stories reflect courageously on the past while evoking principles of change, necessary or desired. With female filmmakers at the centre, the films champion new voices, approach traditional messages from fresh angles, and have the potential to positively shape the way we look at our communities.

Q&A with Filmmakers

This year’s New Waves Q&A will take a different form. Please submit your questions for the filmmakers at sgiff.com/newwaves-qna within 30 minutes after the film ends. SGIFF will pose some of your questions to the filmmakers and the recorded Q&A will be available for viewing at sgiff.com and SGIFF’s social media channels a couple of days later.

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Programmes happening on:

24 Oct

24 October

25 Oct

25 October

Silence and Cries: On Being Heard

Short film screening

24 October, Saturday 3pm|65 mins

Three films from up-and-coming young directors making use of unique symbols and messages to challenge narratives about the present and the past. Films by and about voices demanding to be heard.

Films

A Hand Written Poster

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Eunmi Kwak
25 mins
South Korea
2017
PG

Courage and comradeship come into conflict when a student receives a threatening letter.

Blind Mouth

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Siew-Hong Leong
16 mins
Taiwan, Malaysia
2017
PG13

In a dystopian world, the power of speech is the bond between a man and his daughter.

Home, and a Distant Archive

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Dorothy Cheung
24 mins
HK, The Netherlands
2020
NC16

The archiving of Hong Kong’s history and the power of translation for a new generation.

Shifting Identities: On Being Liberated

Short Film Screening

24 October, Saturday 6:30pm|56 mins

Who are we? What makes us who we are? Questions of identity, culture and spirituality are reflected in these contrasting films, where the fluidity of being who we are is exposed. These films propose that not all identities are fixed, and accepting otherness can be liberating.

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Taboo

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Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen
15 mins
Malaysia
2019
NC16

A young woman’s identity gradually merges with that of a dog, affecting the people around her.

Calalai: In-Betweenness

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Kiki Febriyanti
41 mins
Indonesia
2015
NC16

In South Sulawesi, Indonesia, the Bugis people have five genders. So who are the Calalai?

About Programme

24- 25 Oct 2020, Oldham Theatre

Please check film ratings before registration, updated on our website.

Purchase Tickets at $5

About Programme

24 – 25 October 2020
Oldham Theatre
Ticket price at $5

Please check film ratings before registration, updated on our website.

Purchase Tickets

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