Critically acclaimed Southeast Asian films are being screened for free in Manila

Gelo Lasin

A dream come true for cinephiles

Introduced last year, the National Commission of the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is bringing back the TINGIN ASEAN Film Festival.

The collection of flicks and docus aim to showcase the culture and arts from its respective Southeast Asian nations. Timely real-world probs and unique insights from each country are a central theme of the movies as well.

As a way to introduce the flicks to the general audience, the NCCA will also showcase the films for free.

Filipino films will also be screened at the festival, including National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik’s ‘Perfumed Nightmare’ and ‘Who Invented the Yoyo? Who Invented the Buggy?’

Film List:

Dukun (2018) by Dain Said (Malaysia)

A re-telling of Malaysian singer/doctor Mona Fandey’s gruesome murder of former Malaysian poilitician Datuk Mazian Idris.

A Copy of My Mind (2015) by Joko Anwar (Indonesia)

A worker in the pirated DVD industry and a salon worker face the struggles of falling in love amidst the chaotic political environment of the presidential elections in Indonesia.

Vientiane In Love (2015) by Anysay Keola (Laos)

An anthology of five diff stories that tackle the love in its most complicated forms.

The Last Reel (2014) by Kulikar Sotho (Cambodia)

A lost film, buried beneath Cambodia’s killing fields, reveals different versions of the truth. A contemporary story about love, family and the ghosts of Cambodia’s past.

Yasmine (2014) by Siti Kamaluddin and Man-Ching Chan (Brunei)

A young woman trains to become a champion at Silat (kind of like Indonesian kung-fu) while living under the steely gaze of her strict father.

The Monk (2014) by Maw Naing Aung and The Maw Naing (Myanmar)

Zawana is confronted with several paths that open out defiantly before him, and he has to choose which one to take as the next step on his life’s journey.

Homogenous, Empty Time (2017) by Thunska Pansittivorakul (Thailand)

German Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin’s concept of “Homogeneous, Empty Time” in nationalism is explored in this docu flick.

hUSh (2017) by Djenar Maesa Ayu and Kan Lumé (Singapore)

A story of an aspiring singer and her descent into sorrow under the bright city life and materialism of Jakarta.

Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (2015) by Phang Dang Di (Vietnam)

A photography student named Vu meets a collection of weird characters as she lives in the slums of Saigon, Vietnam.

The Road to Mandalay (2016) by Midi Z (Taiwan)

This flick follows two Burmese immigrants and their struggles in surviving their nation’s civil war as they try to escape into Thailand.

Aside from the films, filmmaking masterclasses taught by directors participating in the festival are a part of the event as well.

The TINGIN ASEAN Film Festival will debut on Nov 26 to 29 at Gateway Cineplex, Cubao. See the full schedule below:

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