Domain is a new thematic section focused on a sphere of activity and knowledge in cinema. This year, we have invited film curators Inge DE LEEUW and Julian ROSS to programme the inaugural edition with their chosen theme: artist and filmmaker collectives.
Domain: Collectives shows how artist and filmmaker collectives have come together to resist dominant structures through storytelling and documentary activism. Spanning 50 years and 15 different regions, this expansive programme involving 19 short to feature-length films showcases a de-hierarchical vision of the film industry by emphasising collaboration.
With a focus on topical issues of our times, the programme addresses themes such as indigenous rights, spirituality and women’s rights. Through juxtaposing the past and the present, the programme explores how these narratives have the potential to imagine alternative futures.
An affecting blow-by-blow account of protestors under siege returns documentary filmmaking to its urgent, political roots.
Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers Hong Kong 88 Min M18 (Mature Content and Coarse Language) Singapore Premiere
A sombre look at the brief period of Thai democracy in the ’70s through the proposed construction of a dam in rural Isan.
Isan Film Collective Thailand 62 Min PG13 (Some Mature Content)
A composite of intimate vignettes that exposes the precarious and exploitative nature of ‘women’s work’ in 1970s Britain.
Berwick Street Film Collective UK 90 Min PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Singapore Premiere
A raw, resolute look into the extensive labour exploitation at the heart of Japan’s economic ‘miracle’.
SATO Mitsuo, YAMAOKA Kyochi Japan 110 Min PG13 (Some Mature Content) Singapore Premiere
A groundbreaking piece of Brazilian indigenous filmmaking where vivid testimonies defiantly stake claim to the land of their ancestors.
Isael MAXAKALI, Sueli MAXAKALI, Carolina CANGUÇU, Roberto ROMERO Brazil 71 Min PG13 (Some Mature Content) Asian Premiere
The discovery of cartons of beer unfolds a series of unlikely events that soon envelop all levels of the community.
Karrabing Film Collective Australia 35 Min PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
Contemporary collectives demonstrate how indigenous filmmaking can function as a communal act of resistance. In open defiance, these collectives resist the notion of terra nullius by staking a claim to their lands.
Multiple USA, Vietnam, France, Taiwan 87 Min NC16 (Some Nudity and Coarse Language)
Through the soundscapes of life, death and the beyond, the collectives in this programme explore the rhythmic beats of the transcendental. Like the trance of life, we are invited to join their spiritual journeys.
Multiple Vietnam, Kenya, UK, USA, Egypt 72 Min PG
Collectives played an integral part in the women’s liberation movement in the 1960s. The rapid advances of video technology opened new filmmaking possibilities, and thus new forms of collective mobilisations. In this programme, examples from all around the world remind us of the urgency of these conversations.
Multiple India, Mexico, UK, South Korea, France 82 Min M18 (Sexual References)
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