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Upcoming SIFF films you don’t want to miss!

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We’ve put together a few of the SIFF film highlights happening over the next few days here at Sinema.  One notable film you’d want to catch is Cameroon Love Letter, which will feature a live piano accompaniment by director Khavn De La Cruz!

SanglaanSanglaan (The Pawnshop) – PG

20 April, 7.00pm

The pawnshop is a vital part of Filipino life, so important that there are over 16,000 pawnshops in the Philippines.

An owner and her appraiser, the security guard, a seaman and a loan shark are among the characters we meet at Olivia’s Pawnshop, a small fledgling pawnshop in the heart of Tondo in Manila. This pawnshop is not only their place of refuge, but also a metaphor for their cherished hopes and dreams.

The producer, Gay Ace Domingo, will be on hand to conduct a Q & A session after the screening.

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Unreal Forest – PG

21 April, 7.00pm

A documentary-style film which shows Zambian independent filmmakers working hard to finish a film under severe limitations in terms of filmmaking resources as well as their own cinematic expertise. They have to make this film from the story written by Thai filmmakers—a process set up by Dutch project initiators looking to discover new cinematic gems from Africa.

Through the process of the film-making, viewers are taken on a journey through the ancient folklores and Zambian filmmakers’ struggles, tracing back to the historical roots connecting Africa and Asia in a way never-before-imagined.

‘Unreal Forest’ is one in a series of 13 new films commissioned by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and shot in Africa by Asian and Western directors working with local directors. This series, titled ‘Forget Africa’, is part of the 2010 IFFR’s ‘Where Is Africa’ programme curated by Gertjan Zuilhof.

The director, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, will be on hand to conduct a Q & A session after the screening.

Cameroon Love Letter 2

Cameroon Love Letter (For Solo Piano) – M18

21 April, 9.15pm

Musical and experimental filmmaker Khavn noticed that Filipino filmmakers are highly regarded in Cameroon—thanks to a popular Filipino soap series. He was grateful to exploit this as he made his portrait of this country. And he also wrote some real ‘soap’ into his story.

‘Cameroon Love Letter (For Solo Piano)’ is one in a series of 13 films commissioned by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and shot in Africa by Asian and Western directors working with local directors. This series, titled ‘Forget Africa’, is part of the 2010 IFFR’s ‘Where Is Africa’ programme curated by Gertjan Zuilhof.

The director, Khavn De La Cruz, will be at the screening to play the piano as a musical accompinent to the film.

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