By Screen Division
A Lao village girl’s only chance of escaping indentured poverty is to manipulate her wealthy cousin’s illness into dependence.
7 Dec 2016 | 10am
LAOS, FRANCE, ESTONIA/ 2016/101 MINUTES/ FEATURE, HORROR, SUSPENSE, THRILLER/ LAO, THAI, ENGLISH, ESTONIAN
Producer: Lao Art Media, Screen Division, Orée Films
Director: Mattie Do
By Vogue Films
Four intertwined stories explore the notion of love in a hotel - how important love is, to what extremes we go to make it happen, but in difference situations and circumstances. The outcomes may be more than what we bargain for.
7 Dec 2016 | 2pm
SINGAPORE/ 2015/ 88 MINUTES/ MUSICAL. ROMANCE/ MANDARIN, ENGLISH, HOKKIEN
Producer: Derrick Lui
Director: Derrick Lui
|A YELLOW BIRD|
By Akanga Film Asia, Potocol
Siva, a 38-year-old convicted smuggler, is released from prison after eight years and begins a journey to locate his ex-wife and daughter who have left him without a trace. His quest leads him to a heinous truth. How far will he go in order to redeem himself from his guilt?
7 Dec 2016 | 4pm
SINGAPORE, FRANCE/ 2016/ 105 MINUTES/ FEATURE/ TAMIL, MANDARIN, ENGLISH, HOKKIEN
Producer: Fran Borgia/ Jeremy Chua/ Claire Lajoumard
Director: K. Rajagopal
|THE BIG POWER|
By Creative Century Entertainment Co., Ltd
Zhu Ge Xian is a person who is addicted to gambling but always end up losing. One day, he accidentally becomes a cleric of the Bao-Pin temple, starting the religious service in the temple. Qing Xia died in a fire 30 years ago. She was the most famous singer in the Golden Flower cabaret. She asks Zhu Ge Xian's help to fulfill her last wish.
8 Dec 2016 | 10am
TAIWAN/ 2016/ 95 MINUTES/ COMEDY/ MANDARIN
Producer: Chih-hung-Ho, Kang-yu Peng
Director: Chi-li Hsin
|BATOOR: A REFUGEE JOURNEY|
By Hub Media Group Pte Ltd
Barat Ali Batoor was once Afghanistan's most esteemed photographer working for the United States Embassy in Kabul. But in 2011, all this changed when the Washington Post published his potent photo essay exposing one of Afghanistan's darkest secrets - the brutal trade in young dancing boys. With death threats looming over his head, he allowed himself to be smuggled out of the country into dangerous territory. He embarked on a journey that would see him cross three continents, be trafficked over multiple borders, survive a shipwreck in the open seas, become lost in the jungles of Indonesia, escape from imprisonment and spend months living undercover as an illegal immigrant before finally being granted refugee status in Australia. Through his first-person account, Batoor: A Refugee Journey retraces and revisits the sites and people from his journey, presenting the harrowing steps many refugees take in their pursuit of a better life.
8 Dec 2016 | 2pm
SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, PAKISTAN/ 2016/ 90 MINUTES/ DOCUMENTARY/ ENGLISH, URDU
Producer: Chan Gin Kai, Justin Deimen
Director: Barat Ali Batoor
|ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE|
By Hummingbird Production
This story begins with a portrait hanging in a family home in Malaysia. The subject remained a family taboo until the director discovered it was his grandfather, his identity hidden because he was a member of the Malaysian Communist Party. The director sets out on a journey to discover the secret history of his country through the eyes of his grandfather.
8 Dec 2016 | 4pm
TAIWAN, MALAYSIA/ 2016/ 84 MINUTES/ FAMILY, DOCUMENTARY/ MANDARIN, MALAY
Producer: Stefano Centini
Director: Lau Kek-Huat