The SAM is committed to preserving and promoting Southeast Asian contemporary art and the Festival is part of their initiative to popularise film as a contemporary visual art form, by providing talented film makers in the region a much needed platform to exhibit their artistic creativity and showcase their works. Interesting works to look out for include films that have emerged from the rise of the Philippines’s Regional Wave, such as Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s Limbunan (The Bridal Quarter), Sheron Dayoc’s Halaw (Ways of the Sea) and Arnel Mardoquio’s Sheika.
Also screening at the festival is Citizen Juling by Ing K., Kraisak Choonhavan and Manit Sriwanichpoom, a rare documentary on Islamic Insurgency in Thailand that ventures beyond the surface in addressing the social and cultural conflicts of modern day societies. Malaysia’s Woo Ming Jin, Singapore’s Glen Goei and Liao Jiekai, and the Philippines’ John Torres will also be showcasing their works at the Southeast Asian Film Festival.
Five special post-screening discussions with directors and producers will also be hosted during the festival, to draw artists and audiences into dialogues and engage in discussions on contemporary visual art.
Tickets are available at SAM at 8Q and cost $10.00 per screening.