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[Film Series] The Distant Shore

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The Distant Shore is a film programme spanning feature and short films, podcast episodes, and film clubs.

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Visit the film programme website here: museum.nus.edu.sg/thedistantshore

Invoking the phrase from Yu Dafu’s novel, Sinking, that gestures towards the burgeoning gulf of dichotomies at the dawn of globalisation in the early 1900s, The Distant Shore is a film programme spanning feature and short films, podcast episodes, and film clubs. Where the exhibition Fistful of Colours traces the ruptures of Chinese cosmopolitanism through a collection of works, its social life, and the conceptual meaning of different mediums from across the last century, this film programme performs as its parallel, excavating these historical moments and memories through cinema, while sifting through the complications and tensions that spring out of those twinned and troubled notions of ‘cosmopolitanism’ and ‘modernity’.

Traversing various geographies through visages of diaspora and movement, and pressing ears against personal histories, fissures and silences, the films eventually arrive at “this shore” of reckoning: how can we view the present moment and discourses through the vast gaze of long histories and transnational constructions, and where do we go from here?

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Registration for the film screenings will give you access to all five online film screenings. After registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to the password closer to the event date.

Please note that the films will be available on the website for 24 hours from 10am onwards on their respective screening dates (with the exception of the double bill on 21 October, which will be available for 48 hours from 10AM).

Flowers of Shanghai

(dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien,113 mins, Color, Shanghainese,1998)

Rating: PG13

Available for 24 hours from 18 Oct, 10AM (SGT) to 19 Oct, 10AM (SGT)

Moon Over Malaya

(dir. Chun Kim, 120 mins, Black and White, Cantonese,1957)

Rating: PG

Available for 24 hours from 19 Oct, 10AM (SGT) to 20 Oct, 10AM (SGT)

This film was restored and published by the Asian Film Archive.

Return to Burma

(dir. Midi Z, 84 mins, Color, Burmese, Mandarin, 2011)

Rating: PG13

Available for 24 hours from 20 Oct, 10AM (SGT) to 21 Oct, 10AM (SGT)

[Double Bill] This Shore: A Family Story + Letters From the South

Available for 48 hours from 21 Oct, 10AM (SGT) to 23 Oct, 10AM (SGT)

This Shore: A Family Story

(dir. Tzuan Wu, 60 mins, Color, Mandarin, 2020)

Rating: PG 13

Letters From the South

(dir. Sun Koh, Tan Chui Mui, Aditya Assarat, Midi Z, Royston Tan, Ming-liang Tsai, 105 mins, Color, Mandarin, Thai, Taiwanese, Burmese, Cantonese, 2008)

Rating: PG13

Film Club with Carlos Quijon Jr., and Kathleen Ditzig

23 October, 7.30PM-9PM

Organised around the film screenings, these online discussions allow participants to delve deeper and access the films through tangents and prompts initiated by speakers and moderators ranging from curators, to artists and academics. Registration is required for our film clubs. Do note that since capacity for the Film Club is limited and requires our participants to be engaged in active discussion throughout, please register for the Film Club only if you can confirm your attendance. If you have registered and are unable to make it, please email us or cancel your booking so that we can free up the slot for others on the waitlist.

To register, click here: https://tdsfilmclub.eventbrite.sg

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As a university museum, NUS Museum’s mission is to actively facilitate intellectual and cultural life within and beyond the University. With a distinct focus on Asia, the Museum contributes to and facilitates the production, reception, and preservation of knowledge through collections development and curatorial practice.

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