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    If you have not seen FLOODING IN THE TIME OF DROUGHT and WHITE DAYS from the 13 Little Pictures, join us this weekend.

    Under the programme “Spotlight on NUS Alumni Filmmakers”, the NUS  Centre for the Arts and NUS Office of Alumni Relations will be screening works from two NUS alumni filmmakers Sherman Ong (NUS Alumnus – Law)and Lei Yuan Bin (NUS Alumnus – Sociology).

    Date: 13 March 2010
    Venue: Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House (11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244 – more specific directions here)
    Free admission
    Register here: https://www.alum.nus.edu.sg/registration/?reference=13032010
    Time: 2-9pm
    2pm – Screening of Drought
    4pm – Screening of Flood
    5.45pm – Panel Discussion with filmmakers Sherman Ong and Lei Yuan Bin, moderated by NUS student film critics Daniel Koh and Chris Yeo Siew Hua
    7.00pm – Light bites (provided by NUS Office of Alumni Relations)
    7.30pm – Screening of White Days

    Flooding In The Time Of Drought by Sherman Ong (PG)
    Malaysia, Singapore | 2009 | 184 min | Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Tagalog, Mandarin, German Japanese, Korean, Thai, Malay, Hokkien | English subtitles

    What if suddenly the water supply runs dry in Singapore? This fusion of documentary and fiction narrative depicts the lives of foreign migrants as an impending water crisis begins to seep into their lives. With water, or the lack of it, becoming the central motif, this two-part feature length film takes us on a journey across 8 interweaved stories and 10 languages, as the protagonists, consisting of non-professional actors, grapple with this hopefully temporary discomfort, amidst their dalliance with human foibles, and their fantasies of everlasting loves and broken romances. This aberration is a memento mori as the narratives grazed across the vague impressions of the racial tensions lingering past the 1997 riots in Indonesia, World War II, ritual beliefs, and ethnic discrimination in Southeast Asia which has been ingrained over generations and transported along with the migrant communities. Nonetheless, amidst the sporadic ventures into death and violence, sexual relations and sexualities, these are the lines of division that bind us to each other, in one way or another, as people survive through their crises. Also titled Banjir Kemarau.

    • In Competition at the Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival 2009
    • Official Selection in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010


    “Decades from now, these movies are going to serve as some of the most authentic cinematic documents of how we actually lived in Singapore in the early 21st century. I’m impressed.” – Ng Yi-Sheng

    White Days by Lei Yuan Bin (NC-16)
    Singapore | 92 min | English, Mandarin & Hokkien | English Subtitles
    White Days involves three characters who are dealing with their own personal crises. The film begins with a young man, whose trip out of the country is abruptly canceled when the friend whom he was supposed to go with dies. He reconnects with his friends back home, including a religious fanatic who has just returned from a pilgrimage to Israel, and a translator who has always wanted to move out of Singapore. Through a series of mordantly funny conversations, these young people gradually realize that what faces them is not the futility of life, but rather the transience and impermanence of it.

    • Competed for Fipresci Critics Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009
    • Official Selection in Singapore International Film Festival 2009, Bangkok World Film Festival 2009, Bueno Aires International Film Festival 2010


    An impishly enjoyable debut that is notable for being so relaxed; and this in itself is refreshing.” – Mathias Ortmann (Read the full review)

    An experimental feature… that seems like a masterpiece. ” – Stefan Shih

    Organised by the NUS Centre for the Arts and the NUS Office of Alumni Relations as part of the NUS Arts Festival. Co-presented by the NUS Office of Alumni Affairs and Asian Film Archive, in conjunction with its 5th Anniversary celebrations. In collaboration with 13 Little Pictures.


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