Focus: Docu-Memories Shorts

A kaleidoscope of documentary shorts that provide a personal insight into the history and identity of a nation.

Screening

30 Nov, Fri / 9:30 PM / Filmgarde Bugis+
Taiwan, Malaysia / 1967, 1984, 1987, 2016, 2017, 2018 / 113 MIN / Mandarin, English, Malay, Taiwanese, French
*Filmmaker in Attendance



Return

回程列車

Singapore Premiere / France, Taiwan / 2017 / 19MIN / French / PG

Return intertwines two journeys in different time periods. Between a voyage along the transcontinental railway and an old photo’s revelations of war, past and present merge, and a long-forgotten memory resurfaces.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Huang Pang-chuan is a director, screenwriter, editor and narrator. He studied film at France’s Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, and has a degree in graphic design.


Firefly

萤火

Singapore Premiere / Taiwan, Malaysia / 2018 / 20MIN / Taiwanese, Mandarin, Malay

Firefly documents the story of ethnic-Chinese Malaysians from the late 18th to early 19th centuries, as they traverse through the South China Sea before arriving in Malaysia.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Lau Kek Huat is a Malaysian-born filmmaker. His documentary Absent Without Leave won the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 Singapore International Film Festival.


East/West

东/WEST

Singapore Premiere / Taiwan / 1984/1987 / 4MIN / Mandarin, English

A mouth is split in half. One half speaks English and the other Chinese. East/West is based on a citizenship interview undergone by the artist, and reflects her struggle to reconcile two cultures.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Hung Su-chen is a Taiwan-born artist based in San Francisco. Her works focus on themes of
contemplation and repose. They have been exhibited in Taiwan and the U.S.


Spectrum of Nostalgia

乡愁/余像

Singapore Premiere / Taiwan / 2017 / 24MIN / Mandarin / PG

This personal documentary delves into the filmmaker’s memories as she looks to understand her relation to her past self, to her body and to death itself.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Chen Yi-chu was born in Kaohsiung in 1994. She is interested in studying, and thinking with, images in her work.


Liu Pi-Chia

刘必稼(数位修复版)

Singapore Premiere / Taiwan / 1967 / 27MIN / English / PG

This realistic, powerful documentary portrays a middle-aged veteran living in Taiwan’s Hualien County, and his simple life working on national infrastructure projects in the 1960s.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Richard Yao-chi Chen attended UCLA’s Graduate Program in Film and Television, completing his studies in 1967 with Liu Pi-chia. Since 1970, he has acted in and directed a number of narrative features.


Letter #69

第六十九信

Singapore Premiere / Taiwan / 2016 / 19MIN / Mandarin, Taiwanese / PG

Letter #69 is a reinterpretation of the prison letters of Shi Shui-huan, a victim of Taiwan’s White Terror. The film highlights the blankness of Shi’s last letter and describes the unseen history of that period.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Lin Hsin-i works with the essay film medium as a means to develop fresh documentary aesthetics. Her films have won awards at various international festivals.