Hopscotch Around Southeast Asia Through the Tingin Film Fest—Year 2!
by Jace Amodo, November 27, 2018 3:12pm
A still from "The Last Reel" by Kulikar Sotho. Photo courtesy of TINGIN ASEAN Film Festival
The arrival of the first Tingin: ASEAN Film Festival into local cinemas last 2017 broke walls Filipinos didn't know they were confined in. In line with the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Philippines’ membership in the ASEAN, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts saw fit to give us a peek of our neighboring countries through films.
Making a name for itself as one of the most revelatory film fests of 2017, Tingin returns for another foray into Southeast Asian Cinema. Mark your calendars because the four-day film fest is happening from November 26 to 29 at the Gateway Cineplex in Cubao, Quezon City.
Here are the films you can watch for free:
Directed by Victor Tagaro and Toshihiko Uryu
Yield is an ethnographic inquiry done over a period of five years, documenting the lives of nine children living in dire third world conditions.
Perfumed Nightmare (1978)
Directed by Kidlat Tahimik
A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology.
Who Invented The Yoyo? Who Invented The Moon Buggy? (1979)
Directed by Kidlat Tahimik
Kidlat goes on a (literal) out-of-this-world journey with kids from a farm near Ingolstadt, Bavaria. Together they create a rocket made out of native Filipino materials (rattan), which they plan to launch into outer space—all to discover the possibility of playing the yo-yo on the moon.
The Last Reel (2014)
Directed by Kulikar Sotho
When teenager Sophoun (Ma Rynet) discovers her mother's old film entitled The Long Way Home and realizes the last reel is missing, she takes it upon herself to complete it. In the process, she uncovers dark secrets about her parents’ lives during the Khmer Rouge regime.
A Copy of My Mind (2016)
Directed by Joko Anwar
The love story of Sari (Tara Basro), a young woman who works in a shabby salon in downtown Jakarta; and Alek (Chico Jericho), who ekes out a living by making often erroneous subtitles for pirated DVDs, is not that of a classic one.
Directed by Siti Kamaluddin and Man-Ching Chan
Despite her father's disapproval, Yasmine (Liyana Yus) pursues her passion to become a champion at silat, Brunei's counterpart to Kung fu. All the while, she journeys into self-discovery, finding the strength to defy the stifling conventions of the patriarchy.
Vientiane In Love (2015)
Directed by Phanumad Disattha, Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, Anysay Keola, and Vannaphone Sitthirath
Set in Laos' capital city, five separate stories delve into different aspects of love. These love stories reflect nuanced and not-so-typical relationships, stuffed with romance, heartbreak, and humor.
Directed by Dain Said
Based on a true story, this horror-thriller film tells the story of Malaysian politician Datuk Mazlan Idris' gruesome murder fulfilled by Malaysian singer-turned-witch doctor Mona Fandey.
The Monk (2014)
Directed by The Maw Naing
A shy, young boy named Zawana (Kyaw Nyi Thu) enters a small village monastery led by Abbot U Dahma (Kyaw Nyi Thu). With all the daunting challenges that he encounters, he begins to doubt if this life is really right for him.
Directed by Kan Lumé and Djenar Maesa Ayu
Instead of success, Cinta Ramlan finds in Jakarta the many trappings of it: insincere boyfriends, materialistic obsessions, fleeting friendships, and casual sexual encounters. She travels back to Singapore after an untimely breakup, a journey that becomes the springboard for a spirited discussion about all things pertaining to women’s issues.
ASEAN X TAIWAN
The Road to Malanday (2016)
Directed by Midi Z
An ambitious young Burmese woman named Liangqing (Ke-Xi Wu) smuggles herself onto a truck bound for Bangkok, immigrating to Taiwan. There, she meets Guo (Kai Ko) and they fall in love with each other. Their lives as illegal workers take a decisive turn when Liangqing and Guo both realize they have vastly different ambitions.
Homogenous, Empty Time (2017)
Directed by Thunska Pansittivorakul and Harit Srikhao
A documentary that examines a representative cross-section of communities in Thailand in an attempt to find out what their collective national Thai identity is founded upon.
Big Father, Small Father (2015)
Directed by Dang Di Phan
Set in the 1990s, the film deals with the confusion of Vu (Le Cong Hoang), a young boy from Tien Giang in the Mekong Delta, about his sexual identity—not quite out of the closet, and not yet brave enough to come out of it.