Friday, May 25, 2012

7th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas conference, June 19-22, Singapore

The seventh Association of Southeast Asian Cinemas conference is set for June 19 to 22 in Singapore.

A semi-annual event, this year it is being held at the National Museum of Singapore, and is being sponsored by a grant from the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University.  As a result of the grant, Aseac is able to waive all registration fees.

This year's focus is "The Politics, Practices and Poetics of the Archive". The opening-night address is "Adventures in the Film Archives" by Thomas Doherty, Shaw Foundation professor at Nanyang Technological University.

There will be presentations of academic papers, panel discussions by film experts and filmmakers and, of course, screenings.

Among the films will be 1954's After the Curfew by "the father of Indonesian cinema", Usmar Ismail. Others are Rithy Panh's Bophana: A Cambodian Tragedy, Davy Chou's Golden Slumbers, and a selection from the sixth Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, which also focused on archives.

Deadlines for booking rooms for the conference has already passed, due to deals with the various hotels, but casual registrants have until June 4 to turn in their forms.

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