Singaporean filmmaker’s documentary screening in TIFF
Singaporean filmmaker Sherman Ong’s documentary Memories of a Burning Tree will be screening in Tokyo International Film Festival on 26th October, 4:15pm – 6:11pm.
Sherman is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and educator. Straddling fiction and documentary, his films were exhibited in Europe, US, Brazil and Asia and have won awards in Hong Kong, Greece, Italy, Indonesia and Malaysia.
86 mins | 2010 | Colour | Stereo | Swahili with English subtitles
Countries of production: Tanzania, Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia
A never-ending journey of dreams and disappointments. With an ensemble cast of non-professional actors, this film is homage to the road movie genre, where ultimately the road ends when you want it to end.
Smith comes to Dar es Salaam to tie up some loose ends. He meets Link, a tourist guide, who agrees to help him. Along the way they are offered help by Abdul, a grave digger, and Toatoa, a metal scavenger, who themselves are searching for answers to their own journeys. Their search eventually leads them to realize that this is a never-ending journey of dreams and disappointments. With an ensemble cast of non-professional actors and an improvised script, this film is homage to the road movie genre, where ultimately the road ends when you want it to end.