Friday, October 26, 2007

Queer Southeast Asian Short Films

(Courtesy of H-ASIA)

This announcement isn't Japan related nor does it take place in Japan. But it does seem very interesting and an especially challenging arena for visual anthropology. Personally, I would be very interested to see these films.

The event:

Queer Southeast Asian Short Films Program

Thursday, November 8, 2007, 7:00 pm

University of California Irvine Film and Video Center

Reception at 6:30 pm

Curator John Badalu to appear in person for Q&A session

The University of California Irvine Film and Video Center is honored to welcome guest curator John Badalu to present a series of queer Southeast Asian short films. Badalu is both an independent producer working with some of East Asia's most interesting filmmakers as well as the director of the Q! Festival. The Jakarta-based Q! Festival weathered attacks early in its history from fundamentalist religious groups to emerge as the only film festival of its kind in Indonesia with venues in Jakarta, Jogjakarta, and Bali. Today, it is the largest queer festival in Asia. Badalu has served as a juror for the Berlin and Bangkok Film Festivals and as a producer for five independent films. For this FVC program, Badalu has selected short narrative films from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Directed by Victric Thng
2003, Singapore • 4 minutes • Digital Projection

Unseen Bangkok
Directed by Thunska Pansittivorakul
2004, Thailand • 6 minutes • Digital Projection

Life Show
Directed by Thunska Pansittivorakul
2005, Thailand • 10 minutes • Digital Projection

The Matchmaker
Directed by Cinzia Puspita Rini
2006, Indonesia • 10 minutes • Digital Projection

Directed by Amir Mohammad
2002, Malaysia • 15 minutes • Digital Projection

Directed by Patrick Lim
2003, Malaysia • 23 minutes • Digital Projection

Last Full Show
Directed by Mark V. Reyes
2004, Philippines • 18 minutes • Digital Projection

Directed by Royston Tan
2004, Singapore • 12 minutes • Digital Projection

This program is co-presented by the Humanities Center and is organized by Jonathan M. Hall, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine.

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