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Fireside Chat #1: w/ Wesley Leon Aroozoo and Tzang Merwyn Tong

Every graduating filmmaker dreams of making their first feature film — but the journey to get there can often take years and even decades. In the first edition of Sinema Fireside Chats, sit by the (virtual) campfire with filmmakers Wesley Leon Aroozoo and Tzang Merwyn Tong to find out about their experiences, and how they, as film educators, are preparing the next generation of filmmakers on their journeys.

Join the fireside chat on 9 November, 8pm at the Sinema Disco(rd) Club ( — the chat will be hosted on the server’s stage channel (think Clubhouse but on Discord!)

About the speakers

Wesley Leon Aroozoo is a multi-disciplinary artist with 13 Little Pictures and a lecturer-in-charge at LASALLE College of the Arts. With works spanning disciplines and genres, Wesley’s works have been nominated for the Mecenat Award at the Busan International Film Festival, adapted as a multi-sensory exhibit at the Light to Night Festival and brought to life and performed at the Goodman Arts Centre. His latest novel, The Punkhawala and the Prostitute was shortlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2021. 

Tzang Merwyn Tong is a Singapore-based screenwriter, educator and 
filmmaker. His films have been screened in Rotterdam, Berlin, Montreal, 
Lund and Tel Aviv, and has won awards internationally.

Tzang is a former journalist/film critic for FiRST in SPH Magazines. He 
has also worked as an advertising copywriter and consultant in creative 
agencies. He has taught in various educational institutions, namely, 
Institute of Technical Education, Nanyang Technological University, Ngee 
Ann Polytechnic, and has guest lectured at Lasalle College and Yale-NUS. He is currently a Lecturer in Republic Polytechnic’s School of 
Technology for the Arts teaching Visual Storytelling and Film Appreciation.

A graduate of the 2005 Berlin Talent Campus, Tzang holds a Bachelor of 
Arts (Film) with Merit from Curtin University, Australia, and is 
currently doing academic research for his Masters in Arts Pedagogy and 
Practice with Goldsmiths University, UK.

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