Educators' Workshop
Singapore Culture & Identity Through Its Film
This workshop will demonstrate how films can be used as resources for teachers to explore the various themes of National Education. With reference to both short films and feature films by Singaporean filmmakers, the workshop will elaborate on how films can be analysed and discussed to illuminate issues such as Singapore's history, geography, relations with neighbouring countries, interracial understanding, and the Singaporean identity. Participants will be led through exercises in textual analyses, with a focus on how filming and editing techniques are used to create meaning.

Alfian Bin Sa'at is a Resident Playwright with W!ld Rice, one of Singapore's most recognized theatre companies. He is also the Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra, a Malay-language theatre company. His published works include two collections of poetry, 'One Fierce Hour' and 'A History of Amnesia', as well a collection of short stories, 'Corridor'. Alfian has been nominated five times for Best Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, eventually winning in 2005 for his play, 'Landmarks'. He has also been nominated for the Kirayama Asia-Pacific Book Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize for 'A History of Amnesia'. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature.

“Good range of films selected and issues raised for discussion.” – Angeline Quek, Temasek Junior College

“Useful film snippets and pedagogical potential demonstrated. Insights into multi-layered meanings of film and very good questions for reflection on film.” – Marilyn Lim, Ministry of Education

“I like that the facilitator was so open to dialogue and sharing his thoughts with us. Very thought-provoking questions raised.” - Lai E-Von, Ministry of Education

“Strong grasp of the cultural, political and historical issues that surround Singapore films.” - Nicolas Mercer, Hwa Chong Institution
 18 Mar 2009 (Wednesday)
9:30am – 1:00pm

$110 ($100 for early bird discount, incl. tea break)

National Volunteer &
Philantrophy Centre (NVPC)


Date: 18 March 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Price (incl. tea break): $110 ($100 for early bird discount, sign up before 2 March)
Venue: MPH 2, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)
The Central, #04-88, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817

To register, please fill up the registration form  and send it back to us.
As tea will be catered, we would appreciate it if you register by 2 March 2009 (for the early bird discount).
An acknowledgement email will be sent upon confirmation of registration.
Email:  info@asianfilmarchive.org
Fax: 6543 1643
Contact Person: Ethan Yeo or Jia Yun
Tel: 6777 3243

Note: An invoice can be prepared for collection on the day itself. Payment should be made by cheque (payable to Asian Film Archive) or GIRO (through Asian Film Archive’s account with MOE). A penalty of the full cost of the workshop(s) will be imposed on participants who registered but did not attend the workshop(s).
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Check out the 2 other workshops being held in Mar 2009: Exploring Film Genres and Introduction to Film Literacy.

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