Singapore’s first and longest student-run film festival, Perspectives Film Festival: Breakthroughs in Cinema returns for its 12th edition with an exciting selection of international films, screened at the newly opened state-of-the-art Oldham Theatre, housed in the restored National Archives of Singapore building.
Perspectives is thrilled to announce the Opening Film: FOR SAMA, which won the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival 2019, centering on a female insider look into Assad’s inhumane regime in Aleppo, Syria many years back. Truly deserving of its accolades, the heart-wrenching, bittersweet masterpiece celebrates love, humanity, and the bravery of a woman and her baby desiring for normalcy in a time of extreme socio-political unrest.
Other films in the programme include the late influential French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda’s mind-bending if rarely-seen THE CREATURES (1966) and Jean Renoir’s THE RIVER (1951), which was shot entirely in India in glorious Technicolor. In addition, festival-goers will be treated to a brand new 4K restoration of the Mexican political classic, CANOA: A SHAMEFUL MEMORY (1976).
The Closing Film is VAI, a portmanteau feature directed by nine female directors from various South Pacific islands who came together to map out the life of a woman – from a playful child to a wise great-grandmother. The film premiered at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.
‘Ofa-ki-Levuka Guttenbeil Likiliki, one of the nine VAI female directors, will make an appearance as the Closing Night Speaker and contribute to the Post-Screening Q&A for VAI. Prerna Suri, award-winning foreign correspondent, will be part of the Post-Screening Q&A for FOR SAMA, sharing her experiences as a war journalist during the Syrian refugee crisis.