Film festivals come in Singapore, and film festivals go, but February 2017 is looking might packed, even by our standards. There are documentaries on human trafficking, 1970s Swedish classics, short documentaries on transgendered teenagers in Thailand and even a Blaxploitation film (at SCUFF). Here’s what to catch.
Where: The Projector
In a bid to raise awareness about modern-day slavery around Asia, Singapore-based anti-human trafficking organization EmancipAsia is screening a series of documentaries over the next few months.Now in it’s sixth year, the film series brings us titles like Untouchable, Children of God, about the state of young Nepalese children trafficked into India’s brothels and The Giant Ocean Case (Jul 1) revealing the deplorable circumstances exploited fishermen who bring us the seafood we eat. Then there’s MTVs devastating Enslaved (Apr 21), which follows the lives of trafficked persons in a whopping 13 countries, from Japan and Korea to Myanmar and Cambodia.
How much: Free
Where: The Arts House
Singapore film festival Red Dot Cinema, dedicated to Asian shorts is bringing seven award-winning titles from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand, touching everything from issue-based documentary to Taiwanese animation. Among the seven films are Consider, a documentary about Tay, a teenage ladyboy managing life at his Christian school as well as in the media spotlight; Hentak Kaki, about second warrant officer Teck Hong as he decides whether to continue in the army or face the outside world at the age of 38. For something really intense, check out Japanese film Clockwork, which revolves around a couple falling out of love, but still dependent on each other to wind the keys on their backs that keep them alive. Free popcorn will also be served at the festival.
How much: $15 (early bird); $18
Where: JustCo, #16-01 6 Raffles Quay
How much: Tickets are from $13 (or you can watch all for $42)
Where: Alliance Francaise