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Synopsis: Wen is finally released after many years of imprisonment. An old man now, he returns to an uneasy reunion with his children. Whilst his daughter welcomes him with open arms, his indignant son reminds him of his lost years. Through his explorations of his home, now turned into a slick urban jungle, Wen starts to wonder if this newfound freedom, paid for with such a high price, was actually worth the while. A fictional portrayal of life after incarceration for an ex-political detainee, The Return brings to life the silent fears and muted emotions after a trauma in the …

A band of orphans at the troubled Iraqi-Turkish border search for mines to sell, a risk-laden venture that mirrors the harsh reality of being stateless. Among them is Satellite, a precocious boy with an uncanny knack for technology, who eagerly awaits the arrival of American troops against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Turtles Can Fly is a deeply humanistic take on international conflict, unafraid to delve into the stories of a marginalised people. Ghobadi also delivers on technique, foreshadowing the changes in the narrative by contrasting devastation and beauty in a war-torn landscape. Winner of the Peace Film Award at the …
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FRAGMENT is an omnibus film celebrating the strength and diversity of South-East Asian independent cinema. Made up of a collage of ten stories, each story distinctively embraces the other’s subjectivities through the collective sentiments of vulnerability and fortitude. The ten filmmakers are Kan Lume (Singapore), Wesley Leon Aroozoo (Singapore), Sherman Ong (Singapore/Malaysia), U-Wei Haji Saari (Malaysia), Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia), Lucky Kuswandi (Indonesia), Phan Dang Di (Vietnam), Kavich Neang (Cambodia), Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Thailand) and Lav Diaz (Philippines). This film is commissioned by the Asian Film Archive (AFA) for its tenth anniversary celebrations. via Asian Film Archive YouTube 

Ilo Ilo (2013) tells the story of a Singaporean family adjusting to the presence of their new Filipina domestic helper, Teresa, who came to Singapore in search of a better life. Overcoming initially troubles and misunderstanding, Teresa came to develop a special bond and friendship with the family 10-year-old son, and gradually became an “unspoken” part of the family whose relationships were undergoing numerous challenges. The story is set in the context of Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo received the Caméra d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and was ranked 66th on the Busan Film Fest lists 100 best Asian films. via …

Is it right or wrong to tell lies to dementia patients? “I Never Lie” is a love story based on the idea of therapeutic lies. Grandpa loves grandma, who is suffering from dementia, very dearly. And to prevent the constant reminder of the painful truth, grandpa took advantage of her memory and paints a beautiful recollection of her life with lies. via Viddsee

Recently from 20 to 23 August, Spotlight in Singapore Cinema, a series of free screenings at Capitol Theatre has restored and brought back five early Singapore movies from 1950s to 1970s, the golden age of Singapore cinema. While young audience and filmmakers had the opportunity to experience the old Singapore through the big screed and gain a deeper understanding of the film industry then, older generations surely had a meaningful time recalling precious memories, watching the flashback in the old pictures that was improved to much higher quality. This video highlights their experience throughout the event. via MDA YouTube