Riar RIZALDI Indonesia, Qatar 2023 115 min NC16 (Sexual Violence and Coarse Language)
Indonesia’s active volcano Merapi is place, protagonist and centre of the universe all at once in this haunting eco-drama.
On the slopes of Mount Merapi, life flourishes right where tragedy lurks. Two scientists collect data about the stratovolcano for signs of eruption and brutal paramilitias lord over the area’s development, while a filmmaker probes the environmentally damaging sand mining activities nearby.
With stories unfolding in coolly observational modes and B-movie excesses, Monisme is a film as temperamental as its terrain. These tales, co-written with Merapi inhabitants, not only indict extractive visions but also disturb dualities—human and nature, science and the supernatural—to reveal the rumblings of a parallel cosmos. This is an awakening to what’s invisible and merely lying in wait to obliterate our hubris.
1 Dec, Fri 9:30PM / 115 min
Filmgarde Kallang, Hall 2
Q&A with Filmmaker(s)
8 Dec, Fri 4:00PM / 115 min
National Museum Singapore, Gallery Theatre
AT THE FEST!
Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis.
All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.
Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!
Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese
NC16 (Sexual Violence and Coarse Language)
Indonesian filmmaker Riar RIZALDI works to uncover the relationships between humans, technology and capital across Indonesia’s history. His films have been shown at Locarno, Rotterdam and Cinéma du Réel, with Tellurian Drama (2020) awarded Best Southeast Asian Short Film at the 31st SGIFF. His feature debut, Monisme premiered at FIDMarseille.
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