Five Short Films from Southeast Asia
curated by Lee Sydney
Monday, 19 August 2019 | 8pm | Hin Bus Depot
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Five short films off the recent Satellite Short Film festival curated for OBSCURA Festival 2019 from the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. The programme intends to generate an interest in independent filmmaking and introduce Southeast Asian stories and talents to a wider audience.
Lee Sydney received a BA (Hons) Fine Art from The University of the West of England, Bristol in 2018 and was awarded Spike Associates Membership Bursary which allowed her to use the resources at Spike Island. Sydney’s personal work exists across moving image, photography and collage, drawing on existential themes from identity in culture and society, the psychological and neurological effects of upbringing, to the notion of freedom and being. Her work has been exhibited in local as well as international settings. Satellite is Sydney’s latest project to bring awareness to independent filmmaking and social issues in Southeast Asia.
The story revolves around Kiko, a blind gay man in his sixties who makes a living as a laundress in a poor coastal community in Batangas City.
JOJO DRIZ / PHILIPPINES
Florencio "Jojo" Driz, Jr. is an upstart film director and scriptwriter who started his directing and film scripting career after finishing the 17th Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop in 2017. Before his introduction to film writing and directing, Jojo worked for more than two decades as a fashion designer, was the proprietor of a fashion studio in Batangas City, and dabbled in art direction and costume design. As of current, he is the co-owner of his JMD Productions, a film production outfit based in Batangas City.
This is the first day Kai staying in the sub divided unit in Kuala Lumpur, where there are different races tenants living. A lot of problem are waiting for Kai and the others tenants to solve...What is their relationship between these tenants with this sub divided unit? What is their relationship with Malaysia?
WON JUN YAP / MALAYSIA
Won Jun Yap started learning about films in 2014 and graduated from New Era University College Drama & Visuals Department in 2018. His short film Fly is one of the top ten finalists in Magic Bean Short Film Competition Malaysia 2015. He is also the winner of 2017 Sea Shorts Film Festival Student Film Competition for his short film The Taste of Pineapple. Currently, Jun Yap work as a freelancer in filmmaking, mainly involved in the technical and art department. I am looking for opportunities to work in director and scriptwriting team to gain more experience.
NAPHU SCHOOL FOR THE ELDERLY
Naphu School For The Elderly is a story about a school in Udonthani, Thailand where the age of students starts at 60. Discovering their secret of longevity and happiness.
BEE SUPAVARASUWAT / THAILAND
Bee Supavarasuwat is a documentary filmmaker and a creative designer based in Bangkok. Her documentary mainly focus on happiness in everyday life. Her latest work Naphu School For The Elderly was selected to be shown at London Design Festival and St Etienne Design Biennale.
TWO GIRLS AGAINST THE RAIN
How two women fell in love, survived the Khmer Rouge and transformed a community.
SAO SOPHEAK / CAMBODIA
Sao Sopheak holds a degree in Business Management from Singapore University Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She studied film at the Media Education and Training Academy, Phnom Penh, supported by the Goethe Institute. Her short film Two Girls Against The Rain won award for the Best Documentary Short at KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, 2013. Sopheak has also produced documentaries for HEINRICH BöLL STIFTUNG, TPO, WHO, and more. In 2017, she was honoured to be part of jury member at Antenna Documentary Film Festival Sydney, Australia.
A LONG WAY HOME
A Lao American young man, James, brings his father’s remains to Laos to fulfill his last wish – to return home. His mom keeps telling him to stay away from the relatives in a village to avoid being asked for money. He stays in a city until a stupa to house his father’s remains is built. One day, James' relative, Joi, travels to town to look for him. They have to travel together on the Mekong river and endure each other’s differences.
XAISONGKHAM INDUANGCHANTHY / CAMBODIA
Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, a 2012 Asian Film Academy alumnus, in 2015 completed a Master’s Degree in Filmmaking in New York under the Fulbright Scholarship. He co-founded ‘Lao New Wave Cinema’, a group of emerging filmmakers in Laos. He has directed several fiction and non-fiction films and is currently working on his debut feature film.
WON JUN YAP