WORLD PREMIERE | You Want a Real Camera? (2019) and Years When I Was a Child Outside (2008) | SEA of Sadness

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You Want a Real Camera? (2019) will be screened as a double bill with Years When I Was a Child Outside (2008)

You Want a Real Camera? (2019)
Director: John Torres
Runtime: 2 minutes
Country: Philippines
Language: English
Rating: TBA

4 Aug, Sun - 2PM

Tourists roam around amidst ancient structures. A young boy rummages through their refuse, collecting plastic bottles. The filmmaker watches him, the latter returning his gaze with a smile.

The director will be present for a post-screening discussion.

Years When I Was a Child Outside (2008)
Original Title:: Taon noong ako'y anak sa labas
Director: John Torres
Runtime: 100 minutes
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino, Tagalog, English with English subtitles
Rating: TBA

4 Aug, Sun 2PM

Bangkok International Film Festival 2008

A poignant autobiographical work infused with a deep sense of longing, John Torres’ film unfolds his perspective as the son of self-help author Rudolfo Torres, whose books in the 1980s were part of a national effort to “help raise brighter children.” Yet, despite Rudolfo’s apparent moral repute, John happens upon the disorienting fact that his father had another family. To reconstitute his own self-understanding, John reflects on the failed attempts at creating order in and around his family, examining in the process those incomplete films he had initiated in the hope of impressing his father. “Have I made that film?” is a question that reverberates through this affecting work, taking on greater meaning as it expands outward to address the hopes and dreams of the Philippines’ past, present and future.

The director will be present for a post-screening discussion.


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About SEA of Sadness
2- 28 Aug | Oldham Theatre

With more than 20 years’ experience working on Southeast Asian cinema as a senior programmer at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Gertjan Zuilhof has developed close relationships with many of the region’s filmmakers and affinities with their works. The SEA of Sadness programme is a culmination of his curatorial experience. Previously presented at the 2018 edition of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, the programme is now being presented for the first time in Southeast Asia at the Asian Film Archive.

The films selected for the programme include classic masterpieces as well as contemporary work from promising young directors; both feature-length films and shorts; and works of all genres, ranging from “pure” documentary to fiction films and experimental videos. These films represent the high quality of original work produced in Southeast Asia over the last two decades.

The sadness indicated in the title of the programme does not mean only that the films are concerned with sadness as an emotion, but also that they are sensitive, personal, and made with genuine feeling, delving deep into the memories and hopes of the people in the countries they were made in.

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[General Admission] - You Want a Real Camera? (2019) & Years When I Was a Child Outside (2008) - 4 Aug, 2pm SOLD OUT $10.00
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