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Flaherty NYC - AN EVENING WITH TAN PIN PIN - the Filmmaker in Person!

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Monday, October 15, 7 pm @ Anthology Film Archives
Flaherty NYC programmed by Dessane Lopez Cassell

Filmmaker Tan Pin Pin in person for post-screening discussion will be moderated by Ani Maitra, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Colgate University.

Co-presented with Colgate University.

Equal parts incisive and meditative, the films of Singaporean documentarian Tan Pin Pin offer nuanced and bittersweet accounts of the contradictions that frame life in her home country. In contrasting the mundane with the controversial, the public with the private, Tan’s films shed light on the state of affairs of the ultramodern and rapidly changing city-state. The films presented here consider numerous instances of displacement and exile caused by Singapore’s increasingly authoritarian government – which has affected both the living and the deceased – and in the case of To Singapore with Love, has led to the banning of public screenings in the country.

MOVING HOUSE
Tan Pin pin
(2001, 22 min., digital)

The Chew family is one of 55,000 Singapore families forced to relocate the remains of their relatives to a columbarium as the gravesite is needed for urban redevelopment. The picnic mood of the family outing to move the remains belies the sadness and confusion everyone feels.

Tan’s Northwestern University thesis film, Moving House is also the first documentary commissioned by Discovery Channel to be entirely conceptualized, initiated, directed by a Singaporean.


TO SINGAPORE, WITH LOVE
Tan Pin Pin
(2013, 70 min., digital)

Singaporean director Tan Pin Pin travels to Malaysia, UK and Thailand to interview long term Singapore political exiles, some of whom have not been back to Singapore for more than 50 years, and fled Singapore in the 1960’s, 1970s and 1980′s to escape the prospect of detention without trial. In discussions with former activists and student leaders and previous members of the communist party, Tan teases out their reasons for leaving and what Singapore still means to them today. Though banned from screening in Singapore for “undermining national security,” To Singapore with Love offers a glimpse of what the country could have been.

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