Arranged around exhibitions and trajectories germane to Cold War history in Asia, particularly, Wishful Images, as well as Wartime Artists of Vietnam, this film programme presents four films, each with their own contrasting view on the imaginative self in war and conflict. Through layers of film screenings, conversations, and roundtables, several counter-balancing accounts of our self-image arise in response to conflict, as filmmakers grapple with their respective conflicts and contemporary realities.
Here, the fragments of images arising from the vestiges of the Cold War offer variegated and alternative lines of witness from its hegemonic geo-political imaginary, presenting responses, memories, dreams, anxieties and intimate knowledges, converging ultimately at shared notions of life and destiny held in the crucible of war. Expressing a certain humanity above histories made opaque through state and ideological processes are these films that form a desideratum of the past, a representation of things once hoped for, the “whisper of history, heard above the noise of time.”
Far From Vietnam (1967) [PG13], 22 Sep 2020; 7:30pm-11pm
Little Girl of Hanoi (1974) [PG], 24 Sep 2020; 7:30pm-11pm
The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil (2017) [NC16], 28 Sep 2020; 7:30pm-11pm
Forgetting Vietnam (2016) [PG], 28 Sep 2020; 7:30pm-11pm
Venue: NUS Museum, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119279
When: 21 - 30 Sep 2020,