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Registration for the forum panel sessions are required. For the Educator’s Workshop and the Film Curriculum: Case Studies panel sessions, tickets are $15 each. Each ticket to the rest of the panel sessions is $5 for adult and $4 for students. All tickets are available at The Substation box office from 1 September 2005 onwards. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 12 - 8.30 pm, Tel: 65-6337 7800. For enquires, please email forum@asianfilmarchive.org.

For details on how to get a free pass to the panel sessions on Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Eric Khoo, please refer to their write-ups below.

Schedule is correct at the time of printing. Films and sessions may be cancelled or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. Rating to be advised.

Asian Filmmakers and the Call of Social Memory

Producers of national cinemas are deeply aware of the “need” for film to serve as pop cultural inscriptions of social, cultural, political, and national memories. These inscriptions are discursive in the sense that they are constrained by various social, cultural, political, and ideological forces delimiting their nature and scope. What constitutes these forces, and what is their impact on Asian national cinemas? How do Asian filmmakers work with, within, or around these forces to inscribe their work with varied notions of social memory, be they institutionally sanctioned or critically alternative forms?

Chaired by Dr Kenneth Paul Tan, Chair of Asian Film Archive. Panel: Prof. Roland Tolentino, Director of University of Philippines Film Institute; Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies; Anchalee Chaiworaporn, Founder of Thai Cinema; Anwardi Datuk Jamil, film critic and director; Prof. Eloisa May P. Hernandez, University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Abstracts

Film as Social History by Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied

Modern Malay Cinema: Social memory or selective memory by Anwardi Datuk Jamil

Imelda Memories of Dictatorship and dictatorship of memories by Eloisa May P. Hernandez

The Fatherland, Nationalist Films and Modernity in South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines by Roland Tolentino

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Ticket Price:
$4/5

Date:
14 September '05 Wednesday

Time:
1000 - 1200

Venue:
The Substation

 
The Educator’s Workshop

Film can be an exciting educational text and tool for the classroom. Most teachers are beginning to realize that not only can cinema be used outside of the film class, but that students also respond very well to this medium in various classroom situations. This session hopes to bring together those interested in the pedagogical use of film in order to share ideas on how one can use film more effectively and in more creative ways. What are some of the techniques of including film in your lesson plans? How can film play a role in students’ research projects?

Chaired by Vijay Chandran, Head of Advanced Diploma Film Programme, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Panel: Herman Van Eyken, Head of new Film School (BA), LaSalle-SIA, College of the Arts; Jeanine Tan, University of Melbourne; Emmeline Yong, Founder of Objectifs (Centre for Film and Photography).

Abstracts

Film Education in the Primary and Secondary Classroom by Jeanine Tan

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Ticket Price:
$15

Date:
14 September '05 Wednesday

Time:
1330 - 1530

Venue:
The Substation

 
The Film Curriculum: Case Studies

This session complements the “The Educator’s Workshop” in terms of offering a practical hands-on presentation and discussion of using film as part of one’s teaching. A number of case studies on the use of short films will be presented followed by a discussion on the educational practices one could deploy around these films.

Chaired by Yuni Hadi, Film Curator, inaugural Singapore Shorts DVD Compilation. Panel: Francis Lau, filmmaker and General Paper teacher at Raffles Junior College; other local filmmakers include Wee Li Lin, Tan Pin Pin, Han Yew Kwang and Sun Koh.
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Ticket Price:
$15

Date:
14 September '05 Wednesday

Time:
1600 - 1800

Venue:
The Substation

 
Preserving Film Heritage

The work of archiving films is a complex one. How does one negotiate the kinds of film to archive? What forms of technical expertise and hardware are required? What is involved in film history and archival education? What role does an archive play in the cultural education of a society or a nation? What is the role of an archive or library in the creation of social memory? What is the relationship between an archive and the national censors? What is the state of film archival in Asia and what are the challenges in the dawn of digital cinema?

The panel session will end at 11.30am and be followed by a half-hour visit to the National Archives of Singapore at Fort Canning. Due to space constraints, this will be limited to first 15 people who registered.

Chaired by Irene Lim, deputy director, National Archives of Singapore. Panel: Benjamin McKay, Charles Darwin University, Australia; Chalida Uabumrungjit, archivist and Project Director, Thai Film Foundation.

Abstracts

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Ticket Price:
$4/5

Date:
15 September '05 Thursday

Time:
1000 - 1200

Venue:
The Substation

 
Writing About Film

Film criticism in the news media contributes significantly to one’s social memory about specific cinemas. This session will deliberate on various aspects of journalistic approaches to viewing and writing about film. How does one enter the profession of film journalism? What are some of the salient modes of criticism that film journalists deploy? What are the latest trends in writing about film in the media? What are the alternatives to the mainstream press where one could get published? How can film writing contribute to the development of Asian film cultures?

Chaired by Ong Sor Fern, Film Correspondent Life! Straits Times. Panel: Ben Slater, author of an upcoming book on Saint Jack; Joanne Soh, a film journalist, First Magazine; Anchalee Chaiworaporn, FIPRESCI member and correspondent to Cannes Critics Week; Alexis Tioseco, film critic, indiefilipino.com.

Abstracts

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Ticket Price:
$4/5

Date:
15 September '05 Thursday

Time:
1330 - 1530

Venue:
The Substation

 
Focus on Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Pen-ek Ratanaruang's works include Invisible Waves (2005), Last Life in the Universe (2003), Transistor Love Story (2001), 6ixtynin9 (1999) and Fun Bar Karaoke (1997) and have garnered international critical acclaim. This session will account for his success by mapping some of the major thematic and critical concerns of his work. The director will also let us in on the new Invisible Waves and will enter into discussions with the audience. Chaired by Assistant Professor Kenneth Chan.

Ask for one free pass to this panel session if you purchased, at the same time, tickets for all 4 screenings to Pen-ek Ratanaruang's retrospective. First come first served. Subject to availability.
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Ticket Price:
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Date:
15 September '05 Thursday

Time:
1600 - 1800

Venue:
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Transnational / Transcultural Asian Cinema

The relative youth of Asian Cinema, vis--vis the cinemas of the United States and Europe, has led to a culturalist concern to develop national cinemas. But with the impact of globalization and late capitalist modes of production and distribution, Asian cinema cannot but be overdetermined as transnational forms, or what film scholars are now calling “transcultural” products. What does it mean then when a Singaporean film, for instance, is to be called “transcultural” despite its “Singaporean” features? What aesthetic, political, social, or cultural impact does the conception of transnationalism and transculturalism have on Asian cinema? What are the theoretical trends motivating or emerging from these conceptions? Are there significant critical opportunities or risks that these movements offer or portend?

Chaired by Prof Wee Wan-Ling, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Panel: Professor Chua Beng Huat,  Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; Daniel Yun, CEO of Raintree Pictures; Pen-ek Ratanaruang, filmmaker.

Abstracts

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Ticket Price:
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Date:
16 September '05 Friday

Time:
1000 - 1200

Venue:
The Substation

 
Roundtable: The Independent Film Industry in Asia

The myth of the poor starving artist often rings true in the context of independent filmmaking, particularly in Asia. This session seeks to map the terrain for both the aspiring filmmaker and the established auteur. What kinds of financial resources are available for filmmaking? What are the creative hurdles and peaks that one should focus on? How does one define an audience for a film? What strategies should an aspiring filmmaker have to ensure the successful completion, promotion, and distribution of her film? What censorship issues should the filmmaker be concerned about? What challenges face the independent film industries in Asia? How does one build a community in this industry?

Chaired by Jacqueline Tan, Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Panel: Singapore filmmaker Tan Pin Pin; Tan Chih Chong, Managing Director of Sitting in Pictures and producer of The Outsiders/Forever Fever; Alexis Tioseco, film critic, indiefilipino.com; Chalida Uabumrungjit, Project Director, Thai Film Foundation.
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Ticket Price:
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Date:
16 September '05 Friday

Time:
1330 - 1530

Venue:
The Substation

 
Focus on Eric Khoo – Forum on Asian Cinema

Eric Khoo has emerged as one of Singapore's premier filmmakers, taking to the world stage at Cannes this year. While Singapore prides itself in having another cinematic voice to represent the country, Khoo has also tapped into alternative aspects of Singaporean life to fill the cinematic screen. This session will deliberate on why his films resonate with both Singapore and international audiences, particularly in light of Khoo's artistic choices; and how these narrative and thematic choices interact with the concept of national representation and identity. The director himself will be present to talk about and to respond to the reception of his films. Chaired by Assistant Professor Kenneth Paul Tan.

Ask for one free pass to this panel session if you purchased at the same time, tickets for all 3 screenings to Eric Khoo's retrospective at the same time. First come first served. Subject to availability.
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Ticket Price:
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Date:
16 September '05 Friday

Time:
1600 - 1800

Venue:
The Substation

 
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