For Nizam: A Retrospective - Programme 1

Showtimes

Rope

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Synopsis

A project for the Lighting and Camera class during Nizam’s final year at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Film, Sound & Video department, Rope tells the story of a man who is preparing to take his own life and the unexpected twist of fate that awaits him in his final moments. Shot without dialogue on 16mm black and white film with expressionistic lighting and set design, Rope shows Nizam’s early talent for visual storytelling. The film will feature a new soundtrack by Dennis Tan (Nizam’s former classmate and the film’s original sound designer) in collaboration with local music collective BALBALAB in place of the film’s original soundtrack which has been lost.

Credits

  • flm-BreakingTheIce-Director-AbdulNizam-LOWRES One of the most original and distinctive voices in Singapore cinema, Abdul Nizam was a filmmaker who never stopped searching for the truth of humanity in all his works. From his breakthrough short film Datura to his final feature film Breaking the Ice, he constantly finds new ways to see and understand ourselves and the world around us. Gifted with an innate sense of rhythm and an imaginative eye for the visual language of cinema, Nizam’s films are sensorial and thought-provoking examinations of our reality and identity.

Datura

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Synopsis

Winner of the SGIFF Best Singapore Short Film in 1999, Datura launched Nizam’s career as a filmmaker and remains his most well-known work. A young man enlists a bomoh (Malay shaman) to prepare for him a concoction of datura, a deadly poisonous hallucinogenic plant that was used in ancient times for ritual. Drawing from folklore and the ideas of Persian poet Rumi, Datura is one of the most visually striking and imaginative Singapore short films made. Unfolding like an intoxicating fever dream, at the heart of the film is a spiritual quest into the nature of our reality and existence.

Credits

  • flm-BreakingTheIce-Director-AbdulNizam-LOWRES One of the most original and distinctive voices in Singapore cinema, Abdul Nizam was a filmmaker who never stopped searching for the truth of humanity in all his works. From his breakthrough short film Datura to his final feature film Breaking the Ice, he constantly finds new ways to see and understand ourselves and the world around us. Gifted with an innate sense of rhythm and an imaginative eye for the visual language of cinema, Nizam’s films are sensorial and thought-provoking examinations of our reality and identity.

Ajna

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Synopsis

Shot at the iconic Mitre Hotel at Killiney Road, Ajna was the short film that Nizam made prior to Datura, and both films were selected for competition at the 12th Singapore International Film Festival in 1999. Ajna is about the denizens of a dilapidated double-storey hotel and the secrets each of them harbours behind their closed doors. Sensuous and atmospheric, the film features original music by Nizam with local musicians Choo Jong Aik (The NoNames) and Gary Chand (IGTA), and a memorable performance by Ong Chuen Boone as the smarmy boss of the establishment.

Credits

  • flm-BreakingTheIce-Director-AbdulNizam-LOWRES One of the most original and distinctive voices in Singapore cinema, Abdul Nizam was a filmmaker who never stopped searching for the truth of humanity in all his works. From his breakthrough short film Datura to his final feature film Breaking the Ice, he constantly finds new ways to see and understand ourselves and the world around us. Gifted with an innate sense of rhythm and an imaginative eye for the visual language of cinema, Nizam’s films are sensorial and thought-provoking examinations of our reality and identity.

To Paisan

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Synopsis

The film is an ode to the pioneering Thai performance artist Paisan Plienbanchang who passed away in July 2015. In February 2015, Nizam and fellow artists Jeremy Hiah, Dennis Tan and Han Xiaohan traveled to the Mekong River to join their friend Paisan on a community art project. On the trip, they found out that Paisan is suffering from late-stage pancreatic cancer. To Paisan is a documentation of a spontaneous performance they did at a site known as the ͚9000 Holes͛ and a moving farewell to a friend.

Credits

  • flm-BreakingTheIce-Director-AbdulNizam-LOWRES One of the most original and distinctive voices in Singapore cinema, Abdul Nizam was a filmmaker who never stopped searching for the truth of humanity in all his works. From his breakthrough short film Datura to his final feature film Breaking the Ice, he constantly finds new ways to see and understand ourselves and the world around us. Gifted with an innate sense of rhythm and an imaginative eye for the visual language of cinema, Nizam’s films are sensorial and thought-provoking examinations of our reality and identity.

Tribute

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Synopsis

Tribute is Nizam͛s final work as a filmmaker and was created in memory of family friend, the late Dato Dr. Raja Mohamad Abdullah. Dato Raja was an influential business leader in the Muslim world and founder of OIC International Business Centre and OIC Today magazine. In the film, dignitaries including high commissioners, country ambassadors and ministers as well as family members remember Dato Raja͛s legacy and his immeasurable contributions to society.

Credits

  • flm-BreakingTheIce-Director-AbdulNizam-LOWRES One of the most original and distinctive voices in Singapore cinema, Abdul Nizam was a filmmaker who never stopped searching for the truth of humanity in all his works. From his breakthrough short film Datura to his final feature film Breaking the Ice, he constantly finds new ways to see and understand ourselves and the world around us. Gifted with an innate sense of rhythm and an imaginative eye for the visual language of cinema, Nizam’s films are sensorial and thought-provoking examinations of our reality and identity.

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