ASIAN PERSPECTIVES

PROGRAM’S NOTES : ASIAN PERSPECTIVES

Together We are Different

A sia is never merely a matter of geography or territorial zones. Talking about Asia means reflecting on the diversity of human life, as well as its dynamics in humanity. Each individual and social group has their own interests and problems. They can even interpret the same problem with different perspectives. Asia is absolutely not a monolithic entity.

Distinction is inevitability, as it is with conflict. But at the same time, distinction is also an unlimited potential that will enrich and enliven our lives. The films in the Asian Perspective programs affirm the dynamics between the two, while pushing us into rethinking about all kinds of discourses.

On one hand, by the presented stories, we are encouraged to dive through the worries of Asian people. The intertwining issues of social class, gender, ethnic, environment, religion, and politics becomes a prominent feature in the Asian Perspective. The diversity of the movie’s original country shows that basically –though having different degrees of severity— no one is ever problem-free. The abuse and imbalance of power happens everywhere. The said films are also reminding us that generalizing Asia as the ‘eastern world’, or imagining Asia like the one in the tourism ad —‘Visit Asia’— is plainly a naïve reduction.

On the other hand, these films are the bridge which connects the differences. The more we learn about the others, the more we reflect on and recognize ourselves. The more we try to understand the different perspectives, the “merrier and livelier” our thoughts will be. The consequence is, let the understanding and empathy be stronger than ever: we are different yet alike as humans. At this point, the distinction and diversity do not only exist as a challenge, but also as a chance for us to fight for humanity in order to create a better living.

Yustinus Kristianto

Gorivana Ageza

PROGRAM’S NOTES : ASIAN PERSPECTIVES

Bersama Berbeda

Asia is never merely a matter of geography or territorial zones. Talking about Asia means reflecting on the diversity of human life, as well as its dynamics in humanity. Each individual and social group has their own interests and problems. They can even interpret the same problem with different perspectives. Asia is absolutely not a monolithic entity.

Distinction is inevitability, as it is with conflict. But at the same time, distinction is also an unlimited potential that will enrich and enliven our lives. The films in the Asian Perspective programs affirm the dynamics between the two, while pushing us into rethinking about all kinds of discourses.

On one hand, by the presented stories, we are encouraged to dive through the worries of Asian people. The intertwining issues of social class, gender, ethnic, environment, religion, and politics becomes a prominent feature in the Asian Perspective. The diversity of the movie’s original country shows that basically –though having different degrees of severity— no one is ever problem-free. The abuse and imbalance of power happens everywhere. The said films are also reminding us that generalizing Asia as the ‘eastern world’, or imagining Asia like the one in the tourism ad —‘Visit Asia’— is plainly a naïve reduction.

On the other hand, these films are the bridge which connects the differences. The more we learn about the others, the more we reflect on and recognize ourselves. The more we try to understand the different perspectives, the “merrier and livelier” our thoughts will be. The consequence is, let the understanding and empathy be stronger than ever: we are different yet alike as humans. At this point, the distinction and diversity do not only exist as a challenge, but also as a chance for us to fight for humanity in order to create a better living.

Yustinus Kristianto

Gorivana Ageza

Asian Perspectives

FEATURES

Lakbayan

Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz, Kidlat Tahimik/ 118 Minutes/ 2018/ Philippines/ Fiction

The Wall

Boonsong Nakphoo/ 92 Minutes/ 2018/ Thailand/ Fiction

Fortitude

Rashid Malikov/ 78 Minutes/ 2018/ Uzbekhistan/ Fiction

The Sweet Requiem

Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam/ 91 Minutes/ 2018/ India, Tibet/ Fiction

Liway

Kip Oebanda/ 104 Minutes/ 2018/ Philippines/ Fiction

Many Undulating Things

Bo Wang, Pan Lu/ 126 Minutes/ 2019/ Hong Kong, US/ Experimental

Roh

Emir Ezwan/ 82 Minutes/ 2019/ Malaysia/ Fiction

Trees Under the Sun

Biju Kumar/ 106 Minutes/ 2019/ India/ Fiction

Asandhimitta

Asoka Handagama/ 98 Minutes/ 2018/ Sri Lanka/ Fiction

The Cave

Tom Waller/ 104 Minutes/ 2019/ Thailand/ Fiction

Demons

Daniel Hui/ 83 Minutes/ 2018/ Singapore/ Fiction

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Pawo Choyning Dorji/ 109 Minutes/ 2019/Bhutan/ Fiction

Kodok Rabi Peri

Bani Nasution/ 90 Minutes/ 2019/ Indonesia/ Documentary

Empu

Harvan Agustriansyah/ 60 Minutes/ 2019/ Indonesia / Fiction

Konpaku

Remi M. Sali/ 109 Minutes/ 2019/ Singapore/ Fiction

Asian Perspectives

SHORTS

Adam

Shoki Lin/ 19 Minutes/ 2019/ Singapore/ Fiction

I Am Zal

Hooman Naderi/ 13 Minutes/ 2018/ Iran/ Fiction

Sejauh Kumelangkah

Ucu Agustin/ 34 Minutes/ Indonesia/ Documentary

Tokyo Kurds

Fumiari Hyuga/ 21 Minutes/ 2018/ Japan/Documentary

City of Gold

Jarell Serencio/ 15 Minutes/ 2018/ Philippines/ Fiction

Forget Me Not

Anwar Johari Ho/17 Minutes/ 2019/ Malaysia

A Plastic Cup of Tea Before Her

Makbul Mubarak/ 14 Minutes/ 2019/ Indonesia/Fiction

SIN-SFO

Leon Cheo/ 11 Minutes/ 2018/ Singapore, USA/ Fiction

Prisoner of Society

Rati Tsiteladze/ 15 Minutes/ 2018/ Georgia/ Documentary

Tungrus

Rishi Chandna/ 13 Minutes/ 2018/ India/ Documentary

Qinglang de Tiankong

Thamsatid Charoenrittichai/ 20 Minutes/ 2018/ Thailand/ Fiction

Dissect

Siavash Shahabi/ 20 Minutes/ 2018/ Iran/ Fiction

Kebelakang Pusing

Gerard Nagulendran/ 11 Minutes/ 2019/ Singapore/ Fiction

Reminiscences of the Green Revolution

Dean Colin Marcial/ 16 Minutes/ 2019/ Philippines/ Fiction

Memoirs of Saira & Salim

Eshwarya Grover/ 13 Minutes/ 2018/ India/ Documentary