Asian Film Archive Presents
Me and My Friend Film Screening

Date & Time: 14th December, 7:15 – 9 pm
Venue: GV Grand, Great World City

In conjunction with the events organised by MARUAH (Singapore Working Committee for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism) for observance of the 2009 International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, the Asian Film Archive has curated a series of Southeast Asian short films for a screening on 14th December. The films present individuals who despite their disabilities face life with much strength and anticipation. It is hoped that these films will help to promote an understanding of disability issues and facilitate the integration of persons with disabilities within communities. Bring yourself; bring a friend.

To register, please send an email to meandmyfriend09@gmail.com, stating:
1. Your name
2. The number of seats you need (max four)
3. Your mobile phone number, in case of any last minute changes.
4. If any special assistance is required.

Because of limited seats, we cannot reserve more than 4 tickets. Upon receipt of your order, you will receive an email, which will state clearly whether your request is confirmed, or you are on the waiting list. If it is confirmed, you need to pick up your tickets at the door on the day of the screening no later than 6:30 pm, otherwise the tickets will be released to those on the waiting list. Tickets will be issued on a “best available seat” basis, so do come early.

This event is as part of a series of events, themed “Me and My Friend”, to highlight the often-overlooked rights of people with disabilities and to build friendships based on mutual respect between the able-bodied and people with disabilities. It is organised by Maruah (Singapore Working Group for an ASEAN Human rights Mechanism), supported by The Delegation of the European Commission to Singapore. The venue sponsor is Golden Village and other supporting partner organisations are Challengeds’ Alliance Network and Tickleart. For more details, please visit http://maruah.org/meandmyfriend/.


Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Thailand | 2009 | 30 min

Cee, a blind college student submits her French philosophy course book, La pensée de Jacques Lacan for translation into Braille. However, the book is still not translated for collection a day before her test. With only one night to prepare for the examination Cee has to rely on her roommate to read the book aloud to her. Unfortunately, her roommate is unable to read a single word of French.

Nawapol was born in Bangkok, Thailand and is a graduate from the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University. Even though he majored in Chinese, he was really interested in film and everything about it. In 2003, Nawapol found the opportunity to work on his first film, My Shrunk House. He has since gone on to make a number of other films and has not looked back since.


Derrick Lui, Lee Chee Tian
Singapore | 2009 | 26 min

A fateful accident in the swimming pool leaves Peter paralyzed from the neck down. This documentary provides insight into Peter’s life after the accident and reveals the courage and determination Peter exemplified despite the initial devastation and adversities that he had to endure.

Derrick Lui: Derrick graduated with high distinction in media studies from Murdoch University, Australia, and started his carrier at MTV Asia, as a producer. He now works for the Singapore Ministry of Education, producing various corporate, videos, dramas, and documentaries for educational purposes.

Lee Chee Tian: Chee Tian's gift in creative writing has won him awards in song and script writing competitions. As an active drama practitioner, he shows his versatility in writing, directing and acting in various stage, television and film productions.

Lata At Tsinelas (Can & Slippers)

Khavn de la Cruz
Philippines | 2005 | 2 min

A young boy plays football with a can of Coke as his soccer ball and a pair of slippers as his soccer shoes amongst the alleys and slums of Manila. As he deftly shoots a goal into a rubbish dump, the audience is given a glimpse at why his dexterity is so extraordinary.

As a film director, Khavn has made more than 15 features and 60 short films, several of which have won awards and have been showcased around the world. He is the Creative and Managing Director of Filmless Films, an independent digital film company, Oracafe Multimedia Arts Company and Avant-Pop Music, and festival director since 2002 of the .MOV International Digital Film Festival, Philippines’ first digital film festival. Khavn has served on as jury in numerous festivals like the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France).

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