Archive for July, 2006

前阵子,有个在我制作的纪录片<<悄逝的记忆>>里的一个老伯走了。是名书法写得好好的老伯我父亲的朋友,王棋生。我其实对他一点印象都没有,因为当他帮我老爸在我爸的罗里车斗上写书法字的时候,我好像还没出世。我们以前都住林厝港。就因为我决定制作一部怀念乡村的纪录片,我找来老爸帮我邀他接受我的访问。

棋生伯伯是唯一在我的纪录片里,还住在林厝港的人。他在那里有家鱼场。在进行拍摄那天,我还想在毕业后到他的农场玩,回味一下乡村生活。我想,我是不会再去那家鱼场了。母亲问我要不要去他的葬礼,我说我还是不去了,我想我会哭。其实棋生伯伯不止帮我爸爸写书法字。我也请他帮我写<<悄逝的记忆>>,还有我的名字。我在我自制的纪录片光碟上都印上他的字迹。

今年中,我求学回国后把光碟交给他时就发现他突然好像老了许多。不止头发白了些,精神和身体似乎也没像我去访问他时那样硬朗。不久后就听说他好像因中风而入院,一直昏迷不醒。已经前后五六个月了,最终还是走了。是父亲跑进我的房间告诉我的。

在我的影片中,他是活着的。还是活着的。除非直到我的母带发酶,不能观看了,不能再动了。我在大学的许多教授还有导师都非常喜欢棋生伯伯这个人物。他们也说不上来是为什么。既然我的洋老师们都看不懂中文,那绝对不是因为他写得一手好书法。就是… 我的荣誉学位的导师好不容易试着用语言跟我解释过,说他在荧幕上有一股… 什么,富有人生历练,给人有种重量级的一种感觉… 我虽听不太懂导师的意思,但我想大概还是和棋生伯伯的内涵有关吧! 我还没,也可能不会电邮导师告知这个消息,说那个你喜欢的渔夫伯伯走了。

我不是没想过到他的灵堂上柱香,表示我的敬意和感谢。我只是在矛盾着,要不要让自己再面对逝去的人与事物的难过。正当我们村民对林厝港这个村落的集体记忆在悄悄逝去的当儿,显然的,棋生伯伯的记忆死了。他把它带走了。我的记忆却在我的纪录片中。我就是有这个意思,我要我的记忆在我死后还活着。

Hellow All!
May I invite everyone and anyone who had watched the documentary- Diminishing Memories to leave your comments, feedback, thoughts and feelings on this blog… Thank you! 🙂 Your time and kindness is very much appreciated!!!  
 
A little request from the Director, YP
P/S: Pls feel free to write in English or Chinese as you like!  Just click on Add comments to start writing! Thks!

以下是我在新闻室工作时,所认识的剪辑同事– Ah Loo,在看了我的纪录片后所写的感言。他可算是第一个在新加坡最早看到我的作品的朋友。看到他居然写了那么贴切又美丽的字句,让我好感动。至少还有人明白历史和社会集体记忆的重要性。

 

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"A moving piece of work, sincerely crafted by true feeling, which sometime may not find in some other award winning videos!"

 

i can’t help but also wrote some chinese phrases after viewing your video:

我们尝试忘记,但总是还在回忆

我们尝试回忆,但却无法回到过去

记忆是历史的足迹,回忆的当儿,却又有许多已经忘记

停下脚步问一问自己,我们是否能够抗拒?

抗拒离我们远去的过去?

抗拒凝固在时间流程里的点点滴滴?

多愁善感不是诗人独有的权力,它是我们深情的一呼一吸,它透露了一代人的心情,宣泄了自己的苦闷回忆,也打开了许多人深琐的记忆,更诠释了历史对于我们寻找自己的过程当中所发挥的意义。     ――― 《悄逝的记忆》《Diminishing Memories》观后感 2005

 

Loo Huei Hong 骆辉煌/清风

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It was the next day after the screening of Diminishing Memories at the Best of First Take in Singapore’s Substation.  After the screening, I talked to James briefly but little did I know how much and what my film meant to him…. these are the moments in life when it feels much better than winning an award! Thank you James for writing me an email, letting me know how my film had touched you and perhaps someone else and how it had connected to their pasts in a special way!  
 
 
Email as below:
 “Your film has struck a chord in me; it really has quite an impact on me, given that I share your similar regrets in not able to hold on to our childhood memories that is now impossible to re-capture…

I find the part about your dog truly touching, in fact, the animation of your dog chasing your car is the first thing I wake up to this morning…. till this day, I do not have the courage to have another pet, much as I talked about it, because like you have so aptly put in your ending… you did not pat your neighbor’s dog, because it will be easier to part in time to come

your film is about regret as much as recovery and redemption; by dedicating your first work to your childhood, you hope to capture it in film, sealed for eternity, because your memory can’t; and to redeem yourself, in a sense, to give your childhood, your village and your dog, a voice, which has long been drowned out by the rhythms of industrialization

and I must thank you for that; it is through your film, that at last, some of my ghosts have been exorcised too; and at last, I too perhaps am on the path to recovery, from a childhood lost…. have never gone back to my village after I moved, maybe I should now.”

James, Singaporean Audience at the Substation Screening of Best Take

"Genuine voice and original film about the real Singapore. Well done" 
"Touching and funny" 
"Puts the message across with simplicity and honesty"

Audience’s feedback at the Substation Screening of Best Take

“There’s definitely a lot of heart in your film. It’s touching especially when you open up your life as a filmmaker to the audience and add a poignant layer by getting your family members to talk about their Lim Chu Kang memories, as well as your own childhood. I thought the scene of you interviewing your mum was a high point for the film. On the whole, I find it close to heart and poetic.  It was touching but not too overly melodramatic.”

Tan Bee Thiam, Executive Director, Asian Film Archive

 

Quite moving and sentimental.. the interviews were candid, frank and very real…

enjoyed it and thks for sharing

 Freddie Yeo, General Manager, Infinite Frameworks Pte Ltd. 
 
“Your film is a very sweet, personal story. I enjoyed watching it and 
I was most impressed with your technical ability, considering it is your 
first film.”
Lisa Scott, Project Manager, Film Finance Corporation Australia 
Limited

 

“The subject matter is interesting and the way you have visualized it is really good, it is a really brave film.”

Barbara Truyen, Films Transit International (MD Sales & Acquisitions West Europe & Australia)

  

“You have a very strong sense of storytelling that comes through in your film.”
Diane Rotteau, Executive Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  
“I want to congratulate you on something fresh and engaging.  The shorter film is very 
condensed for anyone who has little knowledge of SE Asia and Singapore.  The longer 
version with more context and little touches of history has more meaning for a general 
British audience.”
Roger Thompson, Storyville Commissioning Executive, British Broadcasting 
Corporation 
   
“Your film has a lot of qualities and it's interesting… there are some poetic parts of your 
film that shows you have a language of your own to build on.”
Ingemar Persson, Head of Documentary Department, Sveriges Television 
AB (Sweden)