SGIFF introduced the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF Southeast Asian-Documentary (SEA-DOC) Grant in 2018. Besides funding documentary projects, the festival also hopes to foster discussion of documentary filmmaking in Southeast Asia.
This panel discussion brings together documentary filmmakers, some of whom have received the SEA-DOC Grant, to reflect on the role of documentaries in the region. Drawing on the combined themes and narratives of the films in the programme, it explores the notions of witnessing, testimony and archive.
Should documentaries observe or intervene in contemporary lives and culture? How do they reflect and express the diverse identities of the region? How do they record the present or narrate the past? How important are they as records of our contemporary world for the future?
Date | Time:
29 Nov, Sun | 7pm
Tan Pin Pin
Alyx Ayn Arumpac is a director and producer from the Philippines. Her feature debut Aswang, screened in this SGIFF, is a recipient of several documentary film grants across regions, including the SEA-DOC Grant.
Chew Chia Shao Min is a local writer, producer and director. Her short film May and June (2018) was featured at the 2018 SGIFF, and she wrote the feature Wanton Mee (2015), which was screened at the Berlinale. She co-directed Sementara, screened at this SGIFF
Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn is a Thai film producer who has been working with Prapat Jiwarangsan since 2015, as well as a programmer and lecturer. He was a guest curator for Screening the Forest in 2018, a programme by the Asian Film Archive.
Prapat Jiwarangsan is a visual artist and film director from Thailand. His recent documentaries, which focus on the stories of migrant workers in Asia, have been screened at festivals in Rotterdam and Singapore.
Tan Biyun is an artist whose works focus on community, human rights and social justice, spanning film, performance and installation. Citizen Hustler, her feature debut, is screened at this SGIFF and is a recipient of the SEA-DOC Grant.
Joant Úbeda is a writer and director based in Singapore. His short film Spirit from the Meadow (2014) travelled to festivals worldwide. Sementara, his co-directed feature debut, is screened at this SGIFF.
Monographs is a new series of films commissioned by Singapore’s Asian Film Archive, conceived as a platform for engaging the Asian film community in discourse on the moving image.
Director: Alyx Ayn Arumpac
Aswang takes an unflinching look at the nightmarish reality in Duterte-era Philippines as monstrous terror is unleashed upon the urban poor.
Director: Tan Biyun
Work and welfare take many forms in this free-wheeling and unapologetically rowdy documentary centred on a used-goods trader.
Director: Chew Chia Shao Min
Sementara casts a nonjudgmental eye on the anxieties of disparate individuals who call Singapore home.
Director: Prapat Jiwarangsan
Narratives of migrant workers’ experiences in Singapore are stitched together in a documentary that is not afraid to play with form.