Visual Documentary Project 2021 “DEATH/LIFE” Online Screening and Online Talk and Discussion  

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You are all invited to participate in the following online event below.

 

The Visual Documentary Project (VDP) was started in 2012 and aims to provide a platform to deepen exchanges on Southeast Asia through documentary filmmaking. It aims to supplement academic research on Southeast Asia and create bridges between filmmakers and researchers working in the region. Each year VDP holds a call for documentaries from the region on different themes and promotes exchanges between directors, researchers and citizens. This year’s theme is “DEATH/LIFE.”

This year’s theme is DEATH/LIFE. The VDP received 136 submissions from which five documentaries were selected. Please register online to participate in our event!

 

 Online Screening: Documentaries available online as of 10  December, 2021.

https://kyoto.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/vdp/vdp2021-en/

 

Online Talk and Discussion

TIME: 16:00-18:00 (JST) Saturday, 18 December, 2021.

PARTICIPATION FREE: REGISTER ONLINE

PARTICIPATION METHODRegister via this link below.

https://tinyurl.com/muap6uhc 

 

Deadline for registration: 17:00 (JST) Thursday, 16 December,2021.

Zoom link will be sent out on Friday 17, December, 2021.

LANGUAGE: Japanese/EnglishWith Vietnamese interpretation

HOST: Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University

*Selected works will not be screened at the event. Please watch in advance!

 

Documentary Project 2020 Selected Works

1 Strike with the Beat

2 Broken

3 August Letters

4 Madame Lien's Factory

5 The Twilight Years

 

Online Talk Discussion Program 

16:00 – 18:00

 

 VDP SELECTED WORKS

 

1. Strike with the Beat Director Sai Kyaw Khaing, Myanmar, 2021, 25m

“Strike with the Beat” bears witness to cold blooded killings in the wake of the coup d’état by the Burmese military when they seized power. This documentary provides a bare account of how civil society rose to protest and focuses on one group called “Drum Revolution” who unified and came out against the military Junta. This documentary provides a critical on the ground overview of the turmoil that struck Yangon and the whole country in early March.

Commentator

Noriyuki OSADA (Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies)

 

2.Broken Director Nan Khin San Win, Myanmar, 2021, 12m

Life for women and girls is far from safe in parts of conflict affected Kayah State, in the Eastern part of Myanmar. In this absorbing short documentary, first-time director Khin San Win explores both her own trauma and that of another woman from her village in a bid to break the silence that shrouds violence against women in Myanmar.

 

Commentators 

Tadayuki KUBO (Associate professor, Faculty of Comparative Culture, Otsuma Women's University)

Anysay KEOLA (Director/Co-founder of Lao New Wave Cinema)

 

3.August Letters Director Mai Huyền Chi (Chi Mai)& Xuân Hạ, Myanmar, 2021, 26m

The news of the call for submissions to the VDP came in August, when one of the filmmakers was commemorating her father’s death anniversary and her cousin’s birthday. This became the reason for her to invite the other filmmaker to use their shared language (cinema) and contemplate on themes, in the context of Covid-induced lockdown. This documentary contemplates the meaning of life and death blending personal, intimate stories and provides a reflection of contemporary life, family relations and networks in contemporary Vietnam.

 

Commentators

Atsufumi KATO (Associate Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Kyoto Sangyo University)

Hiroyuki YAMAMOTO (Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

 

4.Madame Lien's Factory Director Nguyen Thu Huong, Vietnam, 2021, 30m

“Madame Lien” is the head of third generation of her family to take over a shipyard where traditional wooden boats are built. Existing along the banks of the Mekong River for almost a century, it has witnessed many drastic times of changes. Today, sustainable development has become a goal along the river, yet parallel to this, as cities modernize, traditional values are gradually disappearing. This documentary focuses on Madame Lien and her efforts to keep the shipyard afloat. It dwells upon how it gives her life meaning as she remembers how she fought to preserve it in the past. This documentary poignantly presents a person with compassion toward her workers, her relationship with them, and how they have trusted and followed her their whole lives.

 

Commentators

Misaki IWAI (Professor, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kanda University of 

International Studies)

Nick DEOCAMPO (Filmmaker/Film Historian)

 

5. The Twilight Years Director Lily Fu, Malaysia, 2020, 22m

“The Twilight Years” (Meniti Senja) is a documentary that reflects on the breakdown of traditional family values in modern Malaysian society that are marginalizing the elderly. Age will eventually catch up with everyone and by 2030, Malaysia’s over 65 population is set to increase to 15%. Are we witnessing our own fates in a not-too-distant future? This work sensitively explores the alarming rise in the elderly being left to fend for themselves in aged care centers removed from the comfort of homes they knew and children they raised. It recounts the stories of people who were once mothers, fathers, grandparents - now slowly aging amidst strangers within the walls of a care home in Puchong and shares their heart-breaking stories of abuse, exploitation, and abandonment.

 

Commentators

Misaki IWAI (Professor, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kanda University of 

International Studies)

Atsufumi KATO (Associate Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Kyoto Sangyo University)

Tadayuki KUBO (Associate professor, Faculty of Comparative Culture, Otsuma Women's University)

Ayumi MITSUNARI (Lecturer, College of Liberal Arts, Tsuda University)

Noriyuki OSADA (Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies)

 

International Selection Committee

 

Nick DEOCAMPO (Filmmaker/Film Historian)

Anysay KEOLA (Director/Co-founder of Lao New Wave Cinema)

Yoko HAYAMI (Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

Kenji ISHIZAKA (Professor / Dean, Japan Institute of the Moving Image, Senior Programmer, Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF))

Makiko WAKAI Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival New Asian Currents Program Coordinator

Hiroyuki YAMAMOTO (Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

 

General Comments

Kenji ISHIZAKA Professor / Dean, Japan Institute of the Moving Image, Senior Programmer, Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)

 

About the Project

The Visual Documentary Project (VDP) was started in 2012 and aims to provide a platform to deepen exchanges on Southeast Asia through documentary filmmaking. To date the project has received 1066 works over 9 years. It aims to supplement academic research on Southeast Asia and create bridges between filmmakers and researchers working in the region. Each year VDP holds a call for documentaries from the region on different themes and promotes exchanges between directors, researchers, and citizens. This year’s theme is Justice. Between 2014-19, the VDP was co-hosted with the Japan Foundation Asian Center (JFAC). In recent years the project has participated in the Kyoto International Film Festival (KIFF), the Cambodian International Film Festival (CIFF), the Philadelphia International Asian Film Festival (PAFF) along with other events in Southeast Asia.

https://kyoto.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/vdp/vdp2021-en/

 

For inquiries please contact Natsuko Kado

Tel: 075-753-7333 E-mail: nmorinoatcseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Host: Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University