Double Bill

How to Improve the World will be screened together with Can Sound Be Currency?

Total Runtime: 67 Min

How to Improve the World

NGUYỄN Trinh Thi Vietnam 47 Min PG Southeast Asian Premiere

An experimental documentary on the impact of war and westernisation on indigenous aural cultures in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

In Vietnam’s Central Highlands, an indigenous musician has long given up on becoming a shaman, having lost his ability to dream since joining a Christian church. There, instruments like his own are played, but the songs are alien to him. Meanwhile, another church is being built nearby.

Timing & Venue

Price

5 December 2021,
Sunday, 3.30pm
National Museum Singapore

$15.00

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English Title

How to Improve the World

Original Title

CẢI TIẾN THẾ GIỚI

Director

NGUYỄN Trinh Thi

Year

2021

Runtime

47 Min

Rating

PG

Language(s)

Vietnamese, Jrai, English

Subtitles

English

Credits

Can Sound Be Currency?

LIU Chuang China 20 Min PG Southeast Asian Premiere

A provocative and poetic meditation on the subversive yet politically ambiguous power of myth over China’s rural landscape.

In the Sichuan mountains, a bird hunter recounts regional myths about the conflict between humans and gods that unfolds through their respective feigning of animality and humanity. These myths function as the subversive lens through which the film examines state imperialism’s impact on this contested territory’s cultural and economic practices, such as contriving bird gatherings for tourists to earn a living and being forced to make traditional flutes with scrap plastic instead of eagle bone. The film discerns in these tales the potential of shanzhai (counterfeit) to destabilise the power imbalance between ethnic minorities and the state.

English Title

Can Sound Be Currency?

Original Title

声音是货币吗?

Director

LIU Chuang

Year

2021

Runtime

20 Min

Rating

PG

Language(s)

Mandarin, Tibetan

Subtitles

Mandarin, English

Credits

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