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    Hi Friends!

    The 3rd Singapore Indie Doc Fest returns from 8 - 16 March! Website - http://www.substation.org/3SIDF

    Featuring some of the edgiest yet most relevant documentaries in today's world – including both internationally acclaimed films such as "We Want Roses Too" and "Drowned in Oblivion", as well as fresh and new pieces like "Kampong Lorong Buangkok" and "The Inner City" – the 3rd Singapore Indie Doc Fest promises to shock, surprise and stun you with its films' daring perspectives of worlds and cultures beyond our own.

    The lyricism of Haruki Murakami, the compelling propaganda of the Soviet Union, the untold story of Malaysia's struggle for independence, the intense and insane Brazilian passion for football, democracy in a Chinese primary school, life as an Israeli reservist… these are all topics explored by films in this year's Singapore Indie Doc Fest, which will take place from 8 - 16 March.

    For a little taste of what you can expect to see at 3SIDF: http://www.youtube.com/?v=i70Tqkm1lkQ (Trailer of Please Vote For Me)

    Check out the 3SIDF Facebook event - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47602092425.

    If you're a film enthusiast and would like more information on the Substation's Moving Images programmes and events, join the Moving Images Facebook group - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?ei...id=23375392878.
    Last edited by MovingImagesBK; 10th February 2009 at 03:15 PM.

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    One of the films featured... About Israeli army reservists in Gaza

    ALPHA DIARIES

    Synopsis:
    An unprecendented and voyeuristic look into military reserve life in Israel, this film was shot over a 5 year period in director and reserve soldier Yaniv Berman's life. As a soldier in the Israeli army reserves, Alpha Company, Berman had unparalleled access and filmed the soldiers as they went about their military service day and night. Crossing over the Palestinian border, the camera captured the soldiers every movement from the frenetic night-time house arrests to the quiet moments of self reflection and despair. Capturing the humiliation of both the Palestinians who are subject to the house arrests as well as the Israeli soldiers who had to carry them out, this documentary is the unique story of those who have to drop their normal lives and spend 30 days every year, under the guise of the olive green uniform, to perform the toughest, most unsettling tasks, in the heart of an urban warzone.

    Director's Statement:
    In Israel, you have to go to the army when you become 18. It's 3 full years of hard service when you are asked to be a soldier beyond the border lines of Israel in the midst of Palestinian territories. After that, when you're 21, you return to your normal life, leaving it all behind, and you erase your memory of those 3 years. And then you begin your life. But in a country under constant threat, your duty doesn't end there; it continues with the mandatory Reserves Service.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia, 2007 - Best Documentary)
    - Entre Vues, Belfort International Film Festival (France, 2007)
    - DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (Finland, 2008)

    Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaFGfWskLPE

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    The 3rd Singapore Indie Doc Fest fringe programme starts this Friday!

    Festival website - http://www.substation.org/3SIDF/
    (With trailers! Well... for some of the films anyway)


    FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY - Programmed by The Substation Moving Images
    7:30PM / SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM - GLASS HALL / 138 mins total / Free
    admission



    1) Yang Ban Xi (The 8 Model Works) / China & The Netherlands / 2005 /
    90 mins / Yan Ting Yuen / PG

    During the Cultural Revolution, traditional opera was banned by Mao's
    wife Jiang Qing, and replaced by a new kind of art in which the world
    was presented in a much simpler way: all the good guys were farmers
    and revolutionary soldiers, always singing and dancing in the broad
    spotlight. All the bad guys were landlords and anti revolutionaries,
    who wore dark make-up and were poorly lit. Pure propaganda told in
    beautiful images and stories, in an innovative way incorporating the
    most modern techniques of cinematography, song, and dance, thus
    becoming a new art form in Chinese culture: Revolutionary model opera
    – the Yang Ban Xi.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Sundance Film Festival (USA, 2005 - Nominated for Grand Jury Prize,
    World Documentary Competition)
    - Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival (Germany, 2005)
    - Seattle International Documentary Festival (USA, 2005)



    2) Remember Chek Jawa / Singapore / 2007 / 48 mins / Lin Youwei Eric / PG

    Chek Jawa, discovered only in 2001 on Singapore's Pulau (island) Ubin,
    is an inter-tidal area of just 1 square km with amazingly rich marine
    biodiversity. However, unknown to many, in 1992 the area had been
    slated for land reclamation, scheduled to begin just months from the
    discovery date. Most Singaporeans felt powerless to reverse the
    Government's decision. However, a band of passionate volunteers
    refused to give up and believed that something could be done. Find out
    how they followed their hearts and helped change the course of nature
    conservation in Singapore forever.


    Screenings and Awards:
    - Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival
    (Canada, 2007 - Mark Haslam Award)
    - Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (China, 2008 - In
    Competition)
    - Wildlife Asia Film Festival (Singapore, 2007)

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    3rd Singapore Indie Doc Fest

    7th March - FREE FRINGE SCREENING continues...


    SATURDAY 7 MARCH - Programmed by Underneath the Radar

    7:30pm / SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM - AUDITORIUM / 104 mins total / Free admission / with pre-screening poetry readings

    1) Poetry Reading!
    Featuring the award winning writer, poet and performer Ng Yi-Sheng and civil society activist Sha Najak.

    Yi-Sheng is a freelance writer of poetry, drama, fiction, criticism, journalism and corporate flash. His books include the award-winning poetry collection "last boy", the best-selling non-fiction title "SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century and a novelisation of the motorcycle gangster movie "Eating Air". His plays include Toy Factory's "251" and W!ld Rice's "The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles".

    Sha Najak is doing a Masters' in Art Therapy at LaSalle College of the Arts. Sha has read poetry for Indignation in 2006 and Literati in 2007 amongst others and is also part of the Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA), an ensemble of artists working with various mediums. Apart from the above, Sha has been actively involved in the community advocating for workers' rights and was one of many founding members of Migrants Voices that uses the arts to give a voice.

    2) Voices in Wartime / USA / 2005 / 74 mins / Rick King / NC16 (War Images & Some Disturbing Scenes)

    A documentary film and anthology that assembles voices of witnesses to war. Soldiers, journalists, historians and experts on combat provide diverse perspectives on war's effects on soldiers, civilians and society. The stirring words of poets throughout the film - Homer, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman and poets from Hiroshima and Nagasaki - searing the experience, emotions and sacrifices of war into our hearts and minds. The film was made in order to aid in creating a culture of peace and supports the impulse to find alternatives to war.


    Voices in Wartime - Trailer

    Video Missing

    8th March - International Women's Day Programme


    In celebration of International Women's Day, The Substation Moving Images is proud to present a series of film programmes to honour the contributions of women all around the world for bringing progress to society!

    WOMEN IN SHORTS

    10am to 12noon / The Substation Theatre / 98 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)


    1) About Love - Mr. & Mrs. Chan / The Netherlands / 2008 / 26 mins / Ting Chan / PG
    A young Dutch-Chinese woman questions her parents about their arranged marriage into Dutch society and culture. "I used to be a happy girl", Mrs. Chan contemplates, while her daughter swallows audibly when her parents become emotional about their frustrations and feelings. Painful moments are alternated by disarming humour, both from the director and her parents.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (The Netherlands, 2008)
    - De Balie Amsterdam (The Netherlands, 2007)

    2) Health. Peace. Happiness. / Singapore / 2008 / 24 mins / Cecilia Lee / PG

    Mdm. Tan and Mdm. Soon have something in common: both are suffering from a relapse of cancer and they have around 3 months to live. But their similarities end there. Despite having intertwining lives, they cope with different issues. Soon struggles with her inner turmoil of suffering from a terminal illness and her impending death while Tan fears her family cannot cope when she dies. This documentary explores the story of these two friends and how they spend their last days in a hospice.

    3) Downstairs / Singapore / 2008 / 18 mins / Diya Tan / PG

    "Downstairs" is a colloquial and affectionate term used by many when referring to the areas below their public housing blocks. Unfolding over a 24hr period, the documentary marries colourful visuals with an audio collage to tell the personal stories of its users. With random and diverse profiles as supporting cast to the protagonist - the film shares anecdotes of community, love, dreams and memories, featuring heartwarming and candid displays of human interaction, sometimes tinged with innocent humour, showing how a space is not just a space but something that is full of life. With 80% of the Singaporean population living in public housing flats, "Downstairs" is a peek into the nation's culture and identity.

    WOMEN IN UNIFORM

    12noon to 2pm / The Substation Theatre / 93 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)

    1) Seeds of Summer / Israel / 2007 / 63 mins / Hen Lasker / Hebrew with English subtitles / NC16 (Some Sexual References)

    Post screening Q&A with the director & producer

    Seven years after completing an IDF course for female combat soldiers, the director returns to the place where she first fell in love with a woman – her commanding officer. Over the course of 66 days and nights, the film follows the girls in one of the IDF’s most rigorous combat courses and looks at the relationships that develop between girls in an environment subject to strict military code. The film reveals the mechanism that enables the transformation of 18-year-old girls from daddy's little girls into fierce disciplined soldiers. Through the intimate relationship that develops between the director and one of the characters, questions about identity, sexuality and the discovery of femininity surface.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (Canada, 2008 - Doctape Award and Special Jury Mention)
    - International Women's Film Festival Dortmund (Germany, 2008 - Official Selection)
    - The 20th Anniversary New York LGBT Film Festival (USA, 2008 - In Competition)

    Seeds of Summer - Trailer

    Video Missing

    Supported by the Embassy of Israel



    SPECIAL SCREENING

    For this special screening, The Substation will donate 50% of the proceeds to the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations' (SCWO) initiative, The Star Shelter.

    3:30pm to 5pm / The Substation Theatre / 89 mins total / $35 (50% of proceeds will go to The Star Shelter /

    1) We Want Roses Too / Italy / 2007 / 89 mins / Alina Marazzi / R21 (Nudity and Sexual References)

    “Vogliamo Anche Le Rose” (We Want Roses Too) is an award-winning film that portrays the revolutionary changes brought on by the sexual revolution and the feminist movement in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s. It is an amazing technicolor spectacle that documents the shared feelings of the feminist movement: that women could no longer support a society based on the patriarchal family, on the power of "husbands" and on the supremacy of males, which requires women to be efficient mothers, obedient wives and virtuous daughters. It is a celebration of advancement and progress in the area of women’s rights and the feminist movement.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - 60th Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland)
    - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (The Netherlands, 2007)
    - 25th Torino Film Festival (Italy)

    We Want Roses Too - Trailer

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    OPENING FILM: DINNER WITH MURAKAMI

    5:30pm to 7pm / The Substation Theatre / 53 mins / $10 & $8 (conc.)

    1) Dinner with Murakami / The Netherlands & Japan / 2007 / 53 mins / Yan Ting YUEN / PG

    A poetic trip into Japan and a world that the elusive author of best-sellers, Haruki Murakami, has painted for his readers. Largely structured around Murakami’s enigmatic absence, the film dramatises Murakami’s impact on his readers and takes the camera into the hinterland to determine what is “Murakamian” in the Japanese landscape. The resulting film has a beautiful sense of discovery about it, of going where it will and sharing its surprises with us; and at the same time (making a superb example of the genre) this openness and curiosity on the part of the filmmaker is shown to be not incompatible with a vigorous sense of form and poetic structure.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (Denmark, 2007)
    - Doku.Arts (Germany, 2008)

    Dinner with Murakami - Trailer
    Video Missing


    For more information, please visit - www.substation.org/3SIDF
    or call 6337 7535 or email bengkheng@substation.org
    Last edited by MovingImagesBK; 6th March 2009 at 06:00 PM.

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    3rd Singapore Indie Doc Fest Opening Film, DINNER WITH MURAKAMI was a sold-out screening!

    The independent documentary festival continues on 12th and 13th March with...

    THURSDAY 12 MARCH: Developments in Conflict

    SESSION 1

    7:15pm to 8:45pm / The Substation Theatre / 75 mins / $7 & $5 (conc.)

    1) Drowned in Oblivion / France & Africa / 2007 / 75 mins / Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd / PG

    "Le Cercle Des Noyes" (Drowned in Oblivion) is the name given in Mauritania to black political prisoners imprisoned from 1987 in the old colonial fortress of Oualata. This film shows one former inmate’s attempts at dealing with his memories as he tells his story and that of his fellow prisoners. In a visual echo, the viewer sees the places of their confinement one after another.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - 57th Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
    - 26th Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada)
    - Fribourg International Film Festival (Switzerland, 2007)


    SESSION 2

    9pm to 10:15pm / The Substation Theatre / 71 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)

    1) 10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka (10 Years Before Independence) / Malaysia / 2007 / 35 mins / Fahmi Reza / PG

    Who says socialism doesn’t work? This guerrilla documentary brings us back to the successful nationwide hartal (strike) organized by left-wing groups in Malaya in 1947. Rather than a stuffy period piece, the gonzo video employs cutting-edge editing and a punk soundtrack.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - 8th Asian Film Symposium (Singapore, 2008)
    - Freedom Film Fest (Malaysia, 2007)

    2) Revolusi '48 / Malaysia / 2008 / 36 mins Fahmi Reza / PG

    The sequel to Fahmi Reza's cult favorite "10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka" (10 Years Before Independence), "Revolusi '48" chronicles the largely forgotten armed revolution for national liberation launched against British colonial rule in Malaya 60 years ago. This documentary tells the untold story of those who struggled in the anti-colonial guerilla war of independence, during the Malayan Revolution of 1948.

    Biography:
    Fahmi Reza is a freelance artist. He completed "Revolusi '48" to mark 60 years since the advent of the Emergency.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Emergency Festival (Malaysia, 2008)

    Revolusi '48 Trailer
    Video Missing


    FRIDAY 13 MARCH : Love for Life


    SESSION 1

    7:15pm to 8:45pm / The Substation Theatre / 73 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)

    1) Beyond Soccer / Brazil / 2007 / 23 mins / Halder Gomes / Portuguese with English subtitles / NC16 (Coarse Language)


    “Beyond Soccer” (Loucos de Futebol) shows the authentic passion of Brazilians for football. As well, it proves that the most popular sport on earth is much more than just 22 men running after a ball, contrary to what some might believe.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Montecatini International Short Film Festival (Italy, 2008 - In Competition)
    - Dawson City International Film Festival (Canada, 2008)
    - Corto in Bra International Short Film Festival (Italy, 2008)
    - International Short Film Fest (Bulgaria, 2008)

    2) Dirt Out / Singapore / 2008 / 50 mins / Yousry Mansour / PG

    They are internationally known as The Dirt Bike Riders, but in the Garden City of Singapore, they face difficulties gaining official recognition. They are made up of Singaporeans from different backgrounds, their age ranges from as young as 5 to 40 years old, united by the devotion to their passion. Lacking the necessary facilities within their own country to hone their bike riding skills, they travel every weekend to race-tracks in Malaysia, to test the performance of their motobikes, and to take part in various Motocross championships. This documentary is about people in pursuit of their inspirations and dreams.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - 21st Singapore International Film Festival (Singapore, 2008)



    SESSION 2

    9pm to 10:15pm / The Substation Theatre / 74 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)

    1) Please Vote for Me / China / 2007 / 58 mins / Chen Weijun / PG


    Wuhan is a city about the size of London located in central China. A Grade 3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with democracy by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year-olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Taiwan International Children's TV & Film Festival (Taiwan - Special Jury Prize)
    - DocNZ (New Zealand - International Medium Documentary Award)
    - Silverdocs (USA - Sterling Feature Award)

    Please Vote for Me Trailer
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    2) Nepal Ramro Cha (Nepal is Beautiful) / Singapore & Nepal / 16 mins / John Lim


    Sapana and Jeevan live in Armala Village, Pokhara. Sapana, whose family owns a farm, studies in the village’s government school, while Jeevan, whose father works as a security guard in Malaysia, walks 2 hours daily, to study in a private boarding school. Watch how the stories of two 14-year-olds from different backgrounds intertwine to reveal the intrinsic relationship between the education system and the culture of Nepal, a nation plagued by poverty and whose average literacy rate is just 54%.



    For more information and ticketing, please visit - www.substation.org/3SIDF
    or call 6337 7535 or email bengkheng@substation.org

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    Weekend screenings!

    SATURDAY 14 MARCH : China Indie Doc Focus

    SESSION 1

    1:30pm to 3:30pm / The Substation Theatre / 122 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)


    1) Who Killed Our Children? / China / 2008 / 92 mins / Pan Jianlin & Zhang Lei / NC16 (Some Coarse Language)

    The 2008 Sichuan earthquake was one of the deadliest earthquakes China has ever experienced. Measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale, the earthquake caused massive devastation in the rural communities and toppled mostly school buildings. A terrible body count thought to be caused by the natural disaster turned out to be largely influenced by man-made factors. "Who Killed Our Children" brings us into the epicentre of the Muyu District in Qingchuan County, the site of one of the disaster's biggest tragedies, to look at the details of the collapse of the Muyu Middle School dormitory.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Pusan International Film Festival (South Korea, 2008)
    - Beijing International Film Festival (China, 2008)



    SESSION 2

    4pm to 6:30pm / The Substation Theatre / 138 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)





    1) Care and Love / China / 2008 / 108 mins / Ai Xiaoming / PG (some disturbing scenes)


    Care and Love draws its inspiration from 'Investigation of AIDS in Xingtai', an article by Wang Keqin, senior China Economic Times journalist. The documentary tells the story of Liu Xianhong, a villager who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion during childbirth, and how she publicized her story, filed a lawsuit with her 8-year-old son against the hospital, and eventually received compensation. The bitter experiences of several families, and the collective effort by people living with HIV to defend their rights, resulted in the 'Care Group'.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - 5th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Hungary, 2008)



    SESSION 3

    7:15pm to 9:45pm / The Substation Theatre/ 144 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)




    1)Readymade / China / 2008 / 81 mins / Zhang Bingjian / Chinese with English subtitles / PG

    Mao Zedong, the major founder and leader of the People's Republic and Communist Party of China, died 32 years ago. This is a documentary about two ordinary individuals who have a physical likeness to Mao and choose to be his impersonators. As a result, their life and destiny have changed ever since…

    The first individual is a farmer named Peng Tian who came from the same hometown as Mao Zedong. His dream is to impersonate Mao on the big screen. Wearing Mao's suit, he decides to study acting in Beijing Film Academy with the support of his family…

    The second individual is a housewife, Chen Yan, who was born in Mian Yang of Sichuan Province. Twenty years ago, her mother discovered her similarity. Being a woman, it was considered a taboo to play Mao who was viewed as a God in the past. But would she be happy if she gave it a try in this new millennium?



    2) Starkers, the Naked Life of Qin Yongjian / China / 2007 / 33 mins / Gu Tao / R21 (Nudity)

    Qin Yongjian's dream is to one day be an actor. However, he has yet to make any inroads in the industry. Instead, he works as a male nude model in Beijing. A man obsessed with the body, Yongjian spends his days being painted and photographed. In this way he is able to not only perform, but receive the attention he craves. But being a male nude model in traditional China is not an easy task. Fang Min, a female nude model and friend, helps to steer Yongjian out of trouble. As Yongjian's behaviour becomes more excessive, those around him begin to wonder whether he has lost his mind.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (USA, 2008)

    Starkers, the Naked Life of Qin Yongjian Trailer
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    SUNDAY 15 MARCH : Underneath the Radar


    SESSION 1

    11:30am to 1pm / The Substation Theatre / 86 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)






    1) China Blue / USA & China / 2005 / 86 mins / Micha Peled

    A poignant journey inside a blue-jeans factory, where the working conditions that Jasmine and her teenage friends must endure are harsh beyond imagination. They are also unlawful by international standards, and tensions in the factory are running high. So when the factory owner strikes a deal with a Western client and demands around-the-clock production to meet the deadline, a confrontation becomes inevitable. Shot clandestinely in China under difficult conditions, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retail companies don’t want us to see — how the clothes we buy are actually made.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (The Netherlands, 2005 Amnesty Human Rights Award)
    - Toronto International Film Festival (Canada, 2005 - Official Selection)
    - San Francisco International Asiam American Film Festival (USA, 2006)

    China Blue Trailer
    Video Missing



    SESSION 2

    2:30pm to 3:30pm / The Substation Theatre / 60 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)


    1) Strawberry Fields / Israel / 2004 / 60 mins / Ayelet Heller

    A story about hope, frustration, occupation, globalisation and politics, and at its centre is a small red fruit. The film trains the camera on the strawberries and those who are charged with nurturing the seedlings in the Gaza Strip until they go through Israel, en route to their destination in European markets. In this fateful year in Gaza, the film crew documented the agricultural cycle of the fruit as well as the political events that directly affected the lives of the farmers who cultivate it. From the strawberry fields of Beit Lahiya, we witness the Disengagement, the withdrawal of the IDF from Gaza and its re-entry after two months; the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections and the closure that followed.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Rehovot Women's Film Festival (Israel, 2006)
    - Hot Docs Film Festival (Canada, 2007)
    - Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK, 2007)





    SESSION 3

    5pm to 6:30pm / The Substation Theatre / 60 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)


    1) 1000 Days and a Dream / India / 2006 / 77 mins / P. Baburaj & C. Saratchandran / PG

    After opening to great acclaim for bringing jobs and development to rural Kerala, local community members began to see a darker side of the neighboring Coca-Cola bottling plant as their water supply began to show signs of contamination and depletion. Despite ridicule and dismissive attitudes, local citizens fought to bring their message to the outside world as they went up against politicians, state police and corporations to protect their lands and children from the dangers brought by the plant. Touching on issues of environmentalism, globalization and grassroots activism, this film is a testament to the perseverance of dedicated individuals attempting to effect change in their community.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Thrissur International Film Festival (India, 2006)
    - International Film Festival of Kerala (India, 2006)
    - Peace Film Festival (USA, 2006)




    SESSION 4

    7:30pm / The Substation Theatre / 131 mins total / Free Admision




    1) ¡Salud! / USA & Cuba / 2006 / 96 mins / Connie Field / NC16 (Some Nudity)

    A powerful film about conflicting values and the urgency of ensuring the universal right to health care. Filmed in The Gambia, rural South Africa, coastal villages of Honduras and river settlements in the Amazon, ¡Salud! reveals the human dimension of the worldwide health crisis, and the central role of international co-operation in addressing glaring inequalities. Examining the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ ¡Salud! invites us to explore new paths to making health a global birthright, wiping out the diseases of poverty.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Los Angeles Pan African Film and Arts Festival (USA, 2007 - Audience Choice Award)
    - 40th WorldFest - Houston International Film & Video Festival (USA, 2007 - Bronze Remi Award)
    - Tricontinental Film Festival (South Africa, 2007)



    For more information and ticketing, please visit - 3SIDF
    or call 6337 7535 or email bengkheng@substation.org

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    Monday Screenings!


    MONDAY 16 MARCH : Experimentals


    EXPERIMENTALS SHORT



    7:15pm to 8:45pm / The Substation Theatre / 65 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)

    1) Blond Ambition / France / 2008 / 4 mins / Miki Nitadori / PG

    How can we define Japan? What is racial consciousness and how, as individuals, can we define our ethnic identity? "Identity" can only be recognized where there is a difference. How do we define who does and who does not belong to a nation? Are we competent to racially identify others or is our racial identity something that we can define by ourselves? Laughter is what I identify with being Japanese.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2009)



    2) Close Friend / Thailand / 2007 / 13 mins / Patachara Eaimtrakul / PG

    You never know anything in your close-friend's mind.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - 12th Thai Short Film & Video Festival (Thailand, 2008)

    3) The Inner City / Singapore / 12008 / 19 mins / Liao Jiekai / PG

    Three filmmakers traveled together in Barcelona. One of them chose to document the journey spontaneously.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Asian Hot Shots Berlin (Germany, 2009 - In Competition)
    - "Currents in the West", Post Museum (Singapore, 2008)



    4) Tales of Swimming Pool / Thailand / 2008 / 14 mins / Tulapop Saenjaroen / PG

    I don’t know how to swim; I’m learning. I don’t know the reason why I’m practicing swimming; I’m searching.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - 12th Thai Short Film & Video Festival (Thailand, 2008)
    - "Hypothesis", Bioscope Theater, Bangkok (Thailand, 2008)
    - "Currents in the West", Post Museum (Singapore, 2008)



    5) Home Video / Thailand / 2008 / 15 mins / Yanin Pongsuwan / PG

    The girl is looking for locations to shoot her film thesis. She goes back to her hometown in the north where her mom takes her to where all her precious memories can be found. A diary of me and my mom.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - 12th Thai Short Film & Video Festival (Thailand, 2008)
    - Fringe Festival No. 9 (Thailand, 2009)



    CLOSING FILM

    9pm to 10:15pm / The Substation Theatre / $10 & $8 (conc.)




    1) The Alpha Diaries / Israel / 2008 / 65 mins / Yaniv Berman / M18 (Some Sexual References)

    An unprecedented and voyeuristic look into military reserve life in Israel, this film was shot over a 5 year period in director and reserve soldier Yaniv Berman's life. As a soldier in the Israeli army reserves, Alpha Company, Berman had unparalleled access and filmed the soldiers as they went about their military service day and night. Crossing over the Palestinian border, the camera captured the soldiers every movement from the frenetic night-time house arrests to the quiet moments of self reflection and despair. Capturing the humiliation of both the Palestinians who are subject to the house arrests as well as the Israeli soldiers who had to carry them out, this documentary is the unique story of those who have to drop their normal lives and spend 30 days every year, under the guise of the olive green uniform, to perform the toughest, most unsettling tasks, in the heart of an urban warzone.

    Screenings and Awards:
    - Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia, 2007 - Best Documentary)
    - Entre Vues, Belfort International Film Festival (France, 2007)
    - DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (Finland, 2008)

    The Alpha Diaries Trailer
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    For more information and ticketing, please visit - 3SIDF
    or call 6337 7535 or email bengkheng@substation.org

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