In an era saturated with media, the art of film stands tall with its unparalleled power to captivate, and perhaps make a difference in the way we think and act.
Standpoint is a showcase of seven films tackling themes of the personal alongside the social and the political in their own uncompromising ways. Come with an open mind and leave invigorated by impactful storytelling.
Delving into figures like the pseudohistorical Kalantiaw and President Bongbong Marcos, this documentary is a deep exploration of the post-truth era.
Chuck ESCASA / Philippines / 60 min / PG13 (Some Nudity) / World Premiere
This sharp-tongued drama follows a long day in the life of an unmarried Muslim woman with a modest but inconvenient wish.
Badrul Hisham Ismail / Malaysia / 107 min / R21 (Mature Content) / Asian Premiere
A sensitive and profound meditation on the female body, as seen through varied experiences at a French gynaecology ward.
Claire SIMON / France / 168 min / M18 (Some Disturbing Scenes) / Southeast Asian Premiere
Excavating the archive with reflexive inquiry, this provocative documentary confronts the lasting racist and sexist legacies of colonialism.
Marta PESSOA / Portugal / 102 min / NC16 (Some Nudity) / Asian Premiere
A poet’s return to his decrepit hometown turns into a carnival of absurdity with equal parts filth, irreverence and melancholy.
GUO Zhenming / China / 110 min / R21 (Sexual Scene, Coarse Language and Nudity) / World Premiere
Five filmmakers from Myanmar envision the country’s future a decade from now, contemplating justice and restoration in this omnibus project.
Thaiddhi, Nay Wunn Ni, Myo Thar Khin, Aung Min, Lamin Oo / Myanmar / 104 min / NC16 (Some Drug Use and Sexual Scenes) / Southeast Asian Premiere
Using figurines in a handmade set that recreates her neighbourhood, a Moroccan director explores her family’s and country’s secrets.
Asmae EL MOUDIR / Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar / 96 min / NC16 (Some Coarse Language) / Southeast Asian Premiere