Singapore Art Museum Inaugural Southeast Asian Film Festival

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24 February 2011, Singapore – Singapore Art Museum, together with prominent film critic Philip Cheah, veteran arts administrator Teo Swee Leng have curated and organised the first-ever Southeast Asia focused Film Festival that will run from 18 March to 7 May 2011 at the Moving Image Gallery, SAM at 8Q.

Featuring 17 of the best works by Southeast Asian film makers, of which 13 films making their Singapore debut in the festival, Singapore Art Museum further its outreach efforts to establish close relationships with individuals and organisations from the local and regional art scene to consistently refine its content for audiences.

Some of the celebrated film makers include Garin Nugroho, U-Wei bin Haji Saari and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.    Some of the interesting works to look out for include films that have emerged from the rise of the Philippine’s Regional Wave, such as Gutierrez Mangansakan Il’s Limbunan (The Bridal Quarter), Sheron Dayoc’s Halaw (Ways of the Sea) and Arnel Mardoquio’s Sheika.

A rare documentary on Islamic Insurgency in Thailand that ventures beyond the surface in addressing social and cultural conflicts of modern day society by Ing K., Kraisak Choonhavan and Manit Sriwanichpoom entitled Citizen Juling will also be screened.

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 festival.

Tickets are now on sale at SAM at 8Q.

Fri 18 Mar – Sat 7 May | 7.30pm | Moving Image Gallery | SAM at 8Q
$10. $5 concession for students with valid ID, Senior Citizens and full-time NS men.
Limited seating. Tickets can be purchased at SAM at 8Q.
Please visit for full synopses and more information.
Please call 6332 3200 ahead for ticket availability.


The Blue Generation (Singapore premiere)
Garin Nugroho, Dosy Omar and John de Rantau, Indonesia, 2009, 90 minutes, M18
Fri, 18 Mar | 7.30pm
Featuring a post-screening discussion with co-director John De Rantau.

Film Still from The Blue Generation, 2009 directed by Garin Nugroho, Dosy Omar and John de Rantau

Citizen Juling (Singapore premiere)
Ing K., Kraisak Choonhavan and Manit Sriwanichpoom, Thailand, 2008, 222 minutes,
Sat, 19 Mar | 7.30pm


The Adventures of Iron Pussy
Michael Shaowanasai and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2003, 90 minutes, PG
Fri, 25 Mar | 7.30pm

Film still from The Adventures of Iron Pussy, 2003, directed by Michael Shaowanasai and Apichatpong Weerasethakul


Refrains Happen Like Revolutions in a Song (Singapore premiere)
John Torres, Philippines, 2010, 120 minutes, PG
Sat, 26 Mar | 7.30pm
Featuring a post-screening discussion with director John Torres.

Film Still from Refrains Happen Like Revolutions in a Song, 2010, directed by John Torres

The Blue Mansion (Uncut version)
Glen Goei, Singapore, 2009, 107 minutes, M18
Fri, 1 Apr | 7.30pm
Featuring a post-screening discussion with director Glen Goei.

Film still from The Blue Mansion, 2009, directed by Glen Goei

U-Wei bin Haji Saari, Malaysia, 1997, 94 mins, PG
Sat, 2 Apr | 7.30pm

Red Dragonflies (Singapore premiere)
Liao Jiekai, Singapore, 2010, 96 minutes, PG
Thu, 14 Apr | 7.30pm
Featuring a post-screening discussion with director Liao Jiekai

Survive: In the Heart of the Khmer Rouge Madness
Roshane Saidnattar, Cambodia/France, 2009, 97 minutes, PG
Fri, 15 Apr | 7.30pm

Bi, Don’t Be Afraid (Singapore premiere)
Phan Dang Di, Vietnam, 2010, 92 minutes, R21
Sat, 16 Apr | 7.30pm

Jermal (Fishing Platform) (Singapore premiere)
Ravi Bharwani, Rayya Makarim and Utawa Tresno, Indonesia, 2009, 90 minutes, PG
Thu, 21 Apr | 7.30pm

Woman on Fire Looks for Water (Singapore premiere)
Woo Ming Jin, Malaysia, 2009, 99 minutes, PG
Fri, 22 Apr | 7.30pm
Featuring a post-screening discussion with director Woo Ming Jin

The Tiger Factory (Singapore premiere)
Woo Ming Jin, Malaysia / Japan, 2010, 84 minutes, PG
Sat, 23 Apr | 7.30pm
Featuring a post-screening discussion with director Woo Ming Jin

Baby Arabia (Singapore premiere)
Panu Aree, Kaweenipon Ketprasit and Kong Rithdee, Thailand, 2010, 74 minutes, PG
Fri, 29 May | 7.30pm

Sawasdee Bangkok (complete version) (Singapore premiere)
Bhandit Rittakol, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Wisit Sasanatieng, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee,
Prachya Pinkaew, Aditya Assarat, Rutaiwan Wongsirasawad, Chukiat Sakveerakul and
Santi Taepanich, Thailand, 2009, 270 minutes, NC16
Sat, 30 May | 7.30pm

Sheika (Singapore premiere)
Arnel Mardoquio, Philippines, 2010, 120 minutes, M18
Thu, 5 May | 7.30pm

Halaw (Ways of the Sea) (Singapore premiere)
Sheron R. Dayoc, Philippines, 2010, 77 minutes, PG
Fri, 6 May | 7.30pm

Limbunan (The Bridal Quarters) (Singapore premiere)
Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Phillipines, 2010, 83 minutes, PG
Sat, 7 May | 7.30pm
Featuring a post-screening discussion with director Gutierrez Mangansakan II













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  3. When I went to [email protected], to buy the tickets for tSoutheast Asian Film Festival, this was my reception and observations
    1) The security guard was not aware that tickets were sold over the counter and tried to stop me from approaching the receptionist. I guess a woman who limps a little does look like a terrorist with a bomb
    2) The receptionist was also not aware about the sale of tickets
    3) When I asked about the usage of the lift (over the phone), they told me that they only had a fire lift, no other lifts, and that I had to ask “permission” to use the lift. They even asked me whether I wear something or was in a wheelchair. I could understand that a wheelchair bound would need a lift. But do older people with knee problems need a t-shirt or a particular sticker to announce that fact?
    4) When I asked the receptionist regarding usage of the lift, he told me that it is ONLY meant for wheelchair bound persons. I told them that if that is so, then I will not be buying any tickets as it is not possible for me to climb 2 flights to reach the 2nd floor where the screening took place. I had to then explained that I had a knee operation and would have some difficulty walking up 2 flights, but walking on flat ground would be alright. They told me that I could asked the guard to use the lift. Just before I left, I turned back and said, “I think I’d better bring my walking stick, so it is clear that I would need to use the lift”

    It was a very unpleasant experience and if SAM don’t start educating their staff to KNOW their own hosted events or to treat all patrons in a courteous manner, I doubt I will return, despite that fact that I did bought 4 movie tickets. Why do you need to “ask” to use the lift? Do I have to actually carry a walking stick just to show that I would need that lift? What about those that who could walk up stairs and would find it easier to use the lift? After all, shouldn’t most government structured places be accessible to public to enjoy??? National Museum, which is also under NHB group, had wheelchair accessed area, escalators and lifts. I always enjoyed being there as their greeters are very friendly, well trained and non-judgemental despite that I was in t-shirt and jeans

    It was a very sour taste and for once I was sorely feeling my slight disabilities. I hope [email protected] shaped up and shaped up fast!

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