Archive for September, 2006

Diminishing Memories Screening at the National Museum this Oct!

What?

Diminishing Memories, a documentary on Lim Chu Kang will be screened at the National Museum on 18th Oct, Wednesday 7:30pm. For the first time, the 50mins version of the film is screening in Asia, hence an Asia Premiere!  The film is about the searching of the filmmaker‘s long-lost childhood memories living in a village that has already died and its spirit dispersed.  More than a personal journey, the film also contemplates the price Singaporeans pay for its prosperity today. 

Why watch this documentary?

On 25th Aug 2006, it was announced that Lim Chu Kang will be developed into a "Kampong and farm-like" leisure outing place for Singaporeans.  However, how many Singaporeans know much about this area- Lim Chu Kang which used to be a village?  Why is Lim Chu Kang called "Lim" Chu Kang?  And what was the community like to live in a place where the Japanese used to first invade Singapore during WWII?  Although it is a personal journey of the filmmaker attempting to re-capture her childhood memories living in a kampong in Singapore, if you think this doesn’t concern you then you are WRONG! It is ultimately your voice, your story, your history as a Singaporean for what is the price we pay to get where we are now, for its prosperity today?  

More about the film

Diminishing Memories has won the Queensland New Filmmakers Award for the Best Tertiary Documentary in Australia, April 2005.  It has also been nominated for Best Documentary at the Asian First Film Festival in Nov, 2005 and awarded the Special Jury Commendation Award in Singapore.  Its international premiere was at one of the world’s top documentary film festivals held in Japan- Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.  Diminishing Memories had been broadcasted on the South Korea’s National Educational Television Channel– Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) in July 2006 and soon, on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s regional satellite channel- the ABC Asia Pacific.  Other than Singapore, the film has also been officially screened at international film festivals in countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Spain and Germany.

 

Tickets available at:

TicketCharge- www.ticketcharge.com.sg

Hotline- 6296 2929

Full Price at $8, Concessions $6.50

(Concessions: students, senior citizens, Full-time NS, Singapore Film Society members)

**DISCOUNT: Booking in groups of 10 will get $2 off the original price.  Hence each ticket will cost $6 instead of $8 if you book in groups of 10!! **

 

Where?

National Museum of Singapore, The Salon

93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

 

When?

18th Oct 2006 (Wednesday), 7:30pm

 

More information about the Screening, Cine Singapore

Website: www.cine.sg

Hotline for non-ticket related enquiries: 9732 2609

 

Thank you for your support!

新闻头条标着林厝港将被发展成“乡村休闲好去处”。

我曾经爱去乌民岛。喜欢那里的乡土气息。好多年前我已经不再有任何欲望去那里了。因为心痛,不想去。不想再去看一个越来越不像乌民岛的岛。每一次去,一次一次地,越来越惨不忍睹。于是眼不看为净!

我妈是比较乐观的。她说:“好啊!这样我们还可以回去住上两三天!

是我悲观。我第一个反应是担心。担心说是“乡村休闲好去处”,不知道会不会又是另一个商业化的入侵?是吧,好吧。其实还是要谢谢当局的用心良苦,至少是开辟,方便国民有个像乡村环境的休闲处。只是新加坡人什么时候可以不要再自欺欺人?明明本来就是道道地地的乡村,把它给毁了,现在才来说,希望国人不要到澳洲去,我们这里也有大自然!我快晕了!

当局希望把林厝港发展成为可供国人体验乡村生活的休闲好地方?要真真正正地体验乡村生活,却又加入了Spa 、企业休闲设施等,请问从前的甘榜可有Spa设施? 唉!要真正体验乡村生活,那我建议建些亚答屋,那么至少住在那里可以听见下雨的声音。如果又像乌民岛那样,建了钢骨水泥的度假屋,就可以体会乡村生活的话,骗鬼啊?我想也只能哄一哄没住过乡村的人。

乡村的本质是单纯,有了商业化的考量,经济利益的企图 ,那片土还会散发出乡村的气味吗?

当我为了制作《悄逝的记忆》这部纪录片,回到我童年生长的林厝港,我的感觉像是探望一个久违了的至亲。回到曾伫立着自己旧家的那片土时,站在森林里,虽然我有可能会迷路,但我的心却是无比的平静。虽然家是没有了,却还留着一些我们曾经在那里生活过的痕迹。虽然人死了,但至少还有坟。虽然面目全非了,但还有蛛丝马迹可以追忆。纪录片制作完毕后,我是感觉到林厝港其实早已经死了。那个村落、地方、精神,只有我们曾经住过那里的人的记忆还没死,但也只是直到我们还没死的那刻。。。

只是这个消息,我担心会不会连林厝港路,唯一的那个分岔路也要消失的话,那我就真得再也找不到回旧家的路了!其实原本像现在这样就好,也好。就算是那些啊兵哥们,怎样践踏着我住过的家园也罢,我不管!至少那儿还有一丝丝的平静、宁静,还有那从前的一片绿。树木、杂草丛生,至少没有人造的痕迹,虽然它历经人为的毁灭。有建设就会有毁灭,还要继续毁灭吗?够了吧?人已经死了,让它安息了好吗?

是我悲观了。

Diminishing Memories will be broadcasted on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s regional satellite channel- ABC Asia Pacific on 19th Oct 2006 at 1800, program timeslot is “Compass”.  To find out more on individual program schedules for different regions, log on to http://australianetwork.com/about/ click "Television", "TV schedule" and choose your region/date.  

The ABC Asia Pacific satellite channel is available in 10.2 million homes in 41 countries across the region and in more than 200,000 hotel rooms.  The television service can been accessed from Mongolia in the north, India to the west, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea in the south and across Pacific to the Cook Islands and the fringes of French Polynesia to the east.