Asian Film Focus 2017 | Dialogue Session: Constructing Personal Stories and Memories Through Film


Constructing Personal Stories and Memories Through Film

Film is an important medium that allows us to record personal stories and experiences. When we hit re-play, we re-experience past times, and past memories. Together, such films preserve and form our collective history. In this dialogue with the programmers and filmmakers of the AFF, understand how filmmakers and artists use film to reconstruct their recollection, and how film can be a time machine that captures the past and the present.

Panellists: Shireen Seno, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Liao Jiekai, Amshu Chukki

Moderated by: Thong Kay Wee (Outreach Officer, Asian Film Archive)


About the Asian Film Focus

The Asian Film Focus promotes the creation and appreciation of independent films from the region. It is dedicated to the short film genre, cinema’s most democratic and expressive form. Each year, we work with the foremost film programmers in Asia to bring audiences exciting gems from different countries, with a different theme each time. Through screenings, panel discussions, and networking sessions, industry and audience members can come together to discuss trends and developments in film, and forge a community that celebrates the creative power of filmmaking.

Theme: Time Machine
This year's Asian Film Focus explores notions of archival and found footage in the context of contemporary filmmaking in Asia, highlighting works from Vietnam, India, the Philippines and Singapore. What can we glean from these glimpses into the past, and what does it say about our present and our future?

Ever since its advent, film has been used as a means to record significant moments. From personal memories to historical milestones, its particular qualities have helped create time capsules that historians, archivists, artists, and filmmakers have turned to for insight into the past and creative inspiration. As the process of recording and archiving film continues to evolve in our lives, found footage has emerged as an important storytelling device as filmmakers seek to appropriate material to shape different narratives, and capture space and time.

Header image from "Eleven Men", © Nguyen Trinh Thi
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Thu Jul 13, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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