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Feature Films

Click each title on the schedule for trailers and synopses.

UPDATE:
Crossroads will screen at 12pm on 10 December 2018.
Anggur in Pockland will screen at 4pm on 11 December 2018. Director Abdul Zainidi will be present.

 

8 december 2018, 10am

I Want to Go Home
Singapore
Wesley Leon Aroozoo
2017
61’

On the 11th of March 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, the 58-year-old Japanese man makes time every week to go diving around the small coastal town of Onagawa in search of her. Through unlikely friendships across borders and languages, Takamatsu shares his loss, recovery, and determination to reunite with his wife.


8 december 2018, 12pm

We the Dead
Malaysia
Edmund Yeo
2017
107’

Hui Ling's life will truly begin as soon as she makes it to Taiwan. Or so she thinks. At the Thai-Malaysian border, she works odd jobs and saves money. Determined to make it even when she loses all her savings, she accepts her boss' offer for quick money as a human trafficker. As she descends into the darkness of her sordid trade, she witnesses the atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya immigrants. Her beacon of light through this experience is Wei, a young hospital worker who believes that she is a woman from his past.

This film's director will be in attendance at the screening.


8 december 2018, 2pm

Angkar
Cambodia
Neary Adeline Hay
2017
71’

Khonsaly meets his former Khmer Rouge persecutors in the intimacy of the village in which they had lived together for four years. On his personal journey through time, he follows the path of his obscured memories in a juxtaposition of past and present. Identities are revealed as forgotten specters reappear and memories finally emerge.


8 december 2018, 4pm

Malila: The Farewell Flower
Thailand
Anucha Boonyawatana
2017
108’

A visual poetry of the life of a couple combined with a traditional Thai Bai Sri art and Buddhist philosophy. Pitch and Shane, who once were lovers, are trying to heal the pain of their contemporary lives by reviving their old romance by fabricating the traditional Thai ornament, which is made of leaves and flowers and symbolizes love and virtue. When Shane finds out that Pitch is dying, he decides to be a monk forever.

This film’s director will be in attendance at the screening. (See also: “LGBTQ Representation in Southeast Asia”)


9 december 2018, 10am

Jimami Tofu
Singapore
Jason Chan & Christian Lee
2018
121’

A Chinese Singaporean chef finds himself in Okinawa, begging a disgruntled old chef to teach him about traditional Okinawan food. A top Japanese food critic finds herself in Singapore on an eye-opening discovery of Southeast Asian cuisine. In reality, both are looking for each other after an emotional breakup years ago, when she left him without a trace. Emotionally crippled by their breakup, he searches her hometown but discovers instead the art of traditional Okinawan food and her childhood best friend. Through it all, she discovers what she has been yearning for all these years.


9 december 2018, 12pm

Respeto
Philippines
Treb Monteras II
2017
96’

An amateur young hip-hop rapper and a grumpy veteran poet cross paths during a stand-off between riot police and squatters. Both are compelled to interact and deal with each other’s problems, healing the wounds of the past and gaining a new perspective on writing their respective verses.


9 december 2018, 2pm

Shuttle Life
Malaysia
Tan Seng Kiat
2017
91’

Qiang lives in the big city and struggles to take care of his unstable mother and five-year-old sister, Hui Shan. When a speeding car kills Hui Shan in an accident, Qiang is desperate to claim his sister’s body. Unfortunately, he can’t prove his relation to Hui Shan, as she was never registered at birth. With his mother unable to help, Qiang must face the predicament on his own.


9 december 2018, 4pm

Beyond the Power
Laos
Palinya Sayyamoungkhoun
2017
68’

In science fiction film riddled with special effects, four teenagers with superpowers team up to defeat an evil corporation that plans to create an army of superhumans and start World War III.

This film's director will be in attendance at the screening. No English subtitles available.


10 december 2018, 10am

We Were Kings
Myanmar
Alex Bescoby & Max Jones
2017
90’

After a century of silence, they are back, and they’re on a journey to bring the family – past and present – back together. Filmed through three years in Burma, this is the story of a forgotten family emerging from the darkness, helping to bring Burmese history back to the Burmese people.


10 december 2018, 12pm

Crossroads
Malaysia
Nam Ron
2018
83’

In the outskirts and back-alleys of Kuala Lumpur, several individuals with money problems struggle to get their lives straight, finding their paths unexpectedly intersecting - with fatal results.


10 december 2018, 2pm

Neomanila
Philippines
Nicole Runi & Sara Santiago
2017
101’

As a violent war on drugs is waged in present day Manila, a notorious vigilante death squad recruits a teenage orphan named Toto. The orphan soon forms a maternal relationship with the vigilante group’s matriarch Irma, who also works as a pest exterminator during the day. Irma and Toto’s loyalties are ultimately put to the test when one of the targets in their kill list turns out to be a familiar face.


10 december 2018, 4pm

Point Man
Cambodia
Phil Blattenberger
2018
107’

Set in Vietnam in April 1968 – three months after the tide-turning Tet Offensive and one month after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. – Point Man is the story of a U.S. Army fire team fractured by racial tensions, moral crises, and the crushing pressures of combat in a war nobody wants to fight.

This film's director will be in attendance at the screening.


11 december 2018, 10am

Scene and Life
Thailand
Chak Lae Cheewit
2018
90’

A country boy and his girlfriend; an old man in the paddy field; young students and traditional rice; a busy teacher and his ignorant student; an old father who is more worthless than an old wood house; a father and his little son; a mess in a new house; a man who looking for his wife – many touching stories take place in the village Wang Pi Kul. These characters concurrently experience love, sadness, excitement, and nervousness.

This film's producer will be in attendance at the screening.


11 december 2018, 12pm

Moon City
Laos
Hans Kaufmann
2018
100’

In the distant future, a new society of peace and order comes under attack from an ancient Evil force. Only a young news reporter and her high flying ninja friends can save the city from the evil Ninja Attack. Moon City is the first Lao language Superhero movie.

This film’s director will be in attendance at the screening.


11 december 2018, 2pm

Love You to the Stars and Back
Philippines
Antoinette Jadaone
2017
111’

Feeling out place in her own home, an eccentric and socially-awkward girl, Mika, decides to go on a road trip with a very strange goal – to look for aliens. In her trip, Mika accidentally bumps into a simple and good-humored boy, Caloy, whom she chooses to give a free ride to until he reaches his destination. Mika is surprised to know that Caloy has cancer. But despite his condition, he has learned to accept his fate and remained positive and joyful. They unexpectedly teach each other an important lesson on love and life – one that takes most people a lifetime to learn.


11 december 2018, 4pm

Anggur in Pockland
Brunei
Abdul Zainidi
2017
65’

In Brunei, strange magical grapes that are believed to visit those without purpose in life and transport them to the magical, worry-free realm of “Pockland.” What is the mystery and meaning of these grapes? Only the little boy called Pock has the answer.

This film's director will be in attendance at the screening.