Laundry Steps, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts

Free screening - Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll

18 Sep 2018 (Tue), 7:30pm

Laundry Steps, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts 
Free admission, no registration required

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll 
John Pirozzi | 106 min | 2014 | USA, Cambodia
Digital | English, Khmer, and French with Chinese and English subtitles

This documentary film presents the mesmeric sounds of Cambodia’s vibrant music scene of the 1960s and early 1970s and the voices that are a testament to its lasting significance, despite its near eradication during the Khmer Rouge regime. Capturing the images, words, songs, and voices of musicians through rare archival materials from Cambodia’s popular music scene in its mid-century heyday, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten follows the evolution of Cambodian rock and roll, its contemporary rediscovery, and the emergence of a new, vibrant music culture.

Post-screening Skype Q&A with:
John Pirozzi, director, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll
Dr LinDa Saphan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Mount Vincent

Tai Kun 

 

Broadway Cinematheque, Yau Ma Tei

Silent Light / Snakeskin
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21 Sep 2018 (Fri), 7:30pm

Silent Light
Liao Jiekai | 11 min | 2015 | Singapore
DCP| Mandarin with English subtitles

Snakeskin
Daniel Hui | 103 min | 2014 | Singapore, Portugal
DCP | English with English subtitles

This programme features filmmakers from the Singapore-based collective 13 Little Pictures, whose works explore history, nationhood, and various states of being Singaporean through acts of storytelling. It begins with Liao Jiekai’s Silent Light, a meditation on the passing of a generation shot on expired 16mm film, and continues with Daniel Hui’s award-winning Snakeskin, a work that incisively reflects on the fusion of history, memory, and personal truths.

Ghost Orb / Le rayon vert
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21 Sep 2018 (Fri), 9:50pm

Ghost Orb
Chulayarnnon Siriphol | 2 min | 2007 | Thailand
Digital | No dialogue

*Le rayon vert
Éric Rohmer | 94 min | 1986 | France
DCP | French with English subtitles

Thai filmmaker Chulayarnnon Siriphol demonstrates the mysterious potential of filming the moving image in his short Ghost Orb. In La rayon vert—which was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival in 1986—Éric Rohmer gazes gently upon newly single Delphine (Marie Rivière), as her roving search for a companion seems as elusive as the purportedly magical light at sunset.

*Selected by Pathompon Mont Tesprateep

Endless, Nameless / Song X / Confusion Is Next
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22 Sep 2018 (Sat), 12:40pm

Three short films by Pathompon Mont Tesprateep
Followed by an in-person discussion

In Endless, Nameless (2014), Song X (2017), and Confusion Is Next (2018), Thai filmmaker Pathompon Mont Tesprateep examines personal histories in hypnotic, intimate settings, evoking the past via phantasms, textures, and sounds that brush against the broader canvas of contemporary Thailand.

Endless, Nameless
Pathompon Mont Tesprateep | 23 min | 2014 | Thailand
DCP | No dialogue

Shot on hand-processed Super 8 film, Endless, Nameless reconstructs Tesprateep’s memories of army conscripts who worked in his father’s garden during his childhood.

Song X
Pathompon Mont Tesprateep | 20 min | 2017 | Thailand
DCP | No dialogue

Having recently deserted his unit, a soldier undergoes an out-of-body experience during which an army patrol searches for him and a group of people attempt to perform his last rites.

Confusion Is Next
Pathompon Mont Tesprateep | 22 min | 2018 | Thailand
DCP | No dialogue

A fictionalised portrait of nomadic musician Thom Assajan-Jakgawan, Confusion Is Next depicts the artist meditating on his music as a response to the condition of living in a failed state.

Slow Action / Hortus / Memorial of an Inquiry / Letters from Panduranga / A Room with a Coconut View
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22 Sep 2018 (Sat), 2:40pm

*Slow Action (2010)Ben Rivers
Followed by shorts from Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand

Featuring works by Ben Rivers, Edwin, Jan Pineda, Nguyen Trinh Thi, and Tulapop Saenjaroen, this selection takes a multifaceted look at ethnography and the practice of viewing and refashioning places, people, and stories from a distance—questioning authorship and blurring boundaries between reality, fantasy, and fiction.

*Selected by Pathompon Mont Tesprateep

*Slow Action
Ben Rivers | 45 min | 2010 | United Kingdom
Digital | English

Hortus
Edwin | 9 min | 2014 | Indonesia, The Netherlands
Digital | No dialogue

Memorial of an Inquiry
Jan Pineda | 8 min | 2014 | The Philippines
Digital | No dialogue

Letters from Panduranga
Nguyen Trinh Thi | 35 min | 2015 | Vietnam
Digital | Vietnamese with English subtitles

A Room with a Coconut View
Tulapop Saenjaroen | 28 min | 2018 | Thailand
Digital | English, and Thai with English subtitles

The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931
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22 Sep 2018 (Sat), 5:10pm

The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931
Christopher Gozum | 115 min | 2017 | The Philippines
DCP | Pangasinan and Iloko with English subtitles

Referencing three distinctive cinematic styles—photomontage, silent cinema, and 1960s handheld documentary—Christopher Gozum crafts an epic triptych around a little-known peasant uprising in 1931, retracing enduring narratives of Philippine revolt and resistance throughout the country’s colonial and postcolonial history.

Silent Film / Cartographer Mapping Scarscapes #2 / Song to the Front / People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose
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22 Sep 2018 (Sat), 7:50pm

People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose (2016)John Torres
Preceded by shorts from the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam

A deep dive into the personal, the historical, the political, and the cinematic, this programme begins with carefully crafted shorts by John Torres, Toh Hun Ping, and Nguyen Trinh Thi. In the feature-length film People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose, Torres uses recovered reels of a never-finished 1980s film starring Liz Alindogan and directed by Celso Advento Castillo—the enfant terrible of Philippine cinema—to create a work that toggles between a making-of documentary, a reconstruction, and a reimagined story set during the anti-Marcos movement.

Silent Film
John Torres | 2 min | 2011 | The Philippines
Digital | English

Cartographer Mapping Scarscapes #2
Toh Hun Ping | 3 min | 2005 | Singapore
Digital | No dialogue

Song to the Front
Nguyen Trinh Thi | 5 min | 2011 | Vietnam
Digital | No dialogue

People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose
John Torres | 89 min | 2016 | Philippines
Digital | English, and Tagalog with English subtitles

Southeast Asia Moving Image Mixtape shorts programme
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23 Sep 2018 (Sun), 12:30pm

Southeast Asia Moving Image Mixtape shorts programme

Welling up from spaces of stillness, darkness, or silence, these works lend a strength of voices—through language, music, found footage, or pure observation—to the multiple stories in Southeast Asia. Featuring recent works by Safwan Salleh, Danaya Chulphuthiphong, Chhum Phanith, Hsu Chia-Wei, Kanitha Tith, Pham Ngoc Lan, Kok Siew Wai, Marc Walker, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, Naween Noppakun, and Pimpaka Towira, this programme locates the human dimension in stories taking place in environments that are in a continual state of fading and becoming.

Post-screening discussion with:
Timmy Chih-Ting Chen, Research Assistant Professor, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
Elmo Gonzaga, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chương-Đài Võ, Researcher, Asia Art Archive

Night without Light
Safwan Salleh | 4 min | 2005 | Malaysia
Digital | Malay with English subtitles

Demos
Danaya Chulphuthiphong | 13 min | 2016 | Thailand
DCP |No dialogue

Phanith’s Window
Chhum Phanith | 1 min | 2012 | Cambodia | Digital | Khmer with English subtitles

White Building – Rooftop
Hsu Chia-wei | 4 min | 2016 | Cambodia
Digital | Khmer with Chinese and English subtitles

Boding
Kanitha Tith | 10 min | 2014 | Cambodia
Digital | No dialogue

The Story of Ones
Pham Ngoc Lan| 9 min | 2011 | Vietnam
Digital | Vietnam with English subtitles

Language of Self
Kok Siew Wai | 6 min | 2011 | Malaysia
Digital | English with Chinese and English subtitles

Music video for Dengue Fever’s Tokay
Marc Walker | 5 min | 2015 | USA
Digital | Khmer with English subtitles

My Mother and Her Darkness
Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa| 7 min | 2008 | Thailand
Digital | Thai with English subtitles

We Love Me
Naween Noppakun | 13 min | 2017 | Thailand
Digital | Thai with English subtitles

The Return
Pimpaka Towira | 5 min | 2017 | Thailand
DCP | Thai and Lahu with Thai and English subtitles

India Song
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23 Sep 2018 (Sun), 2:55pm

*India Song
Marguerite Duras | 120 min | 1975 | France
Digital | French with English subtitles

A prime example of Marguerite Duras’s amalgamation of text, theatre, and film, India Song is a languorous ode to Anne-Marie Stretter (Delphine Seyrig), the French ambassador’s wife whose tortuous story of love, life, and death in 1930s India is told through an elegantly interwoven score of off-screen narrators, musical motifs, and hauntingly arresting imagery.

*Selected by Pathompon Mont Tesprateep

Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert
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23 Sep 2018 (Sun), 5:20pm

 

Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert (1976) | Marguerite Duras

Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert (1976)
Marguerite Duras | 120 min | 1976 | France
35mm | Digital | French with English subtitles

What Duras once called her ‘most important accomplishment in cinema’, this radical and essential companion work to India Song uses the latter film’s soundtrack and echoes the melancholic story of Anne-Marie Stretter, the wife of the French ambassador to India in the 1930s, through a montage of imagery that is essentially without human presence.