8 Aug – Seven critically-acclaimed films from ASEAN, including the period film "Long Long Time Ago" by Jack Neo, have been selected for screening at the upcoming SAC ASEAN Film Festival 2017.
All seven films from countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines will be showcased over five days beginning this 19 August, as revealed by FINAS on its official Facebook.
Singapore's representative film, "Long Long Time Ago", spans from 1965 to early 1970s and follows the heavily pregnant Zhao Di who was chased out by her husband`s family. She gave birth to twins but had to give one of them up. Zhao Di and her family went through adversities, witnessed the changes through the years, and accompanied every step of the nation`s growth in its early years.
SAC ASEAN Film Festival will open with the premiere of "Forever Yours", a Vietnamese romantic film centering on the love triangle between three men; followed by Malaysian title "Jagat", about a 12-year-old boy's strained relationships with his father, Maniam, and his uncles, former drug-addict Bala and local gangster Dorai.
Other films slated for screening are "Ziarah: Tales of the Otherworlds" an Indonesian movie about the journey of an elderly woman in search of her husband's tomb; the celebrated Philippines film "Ma Rosa" exploring the drug abuse and poverty situation in Manila; and "Dream Land", a Cambodian film centering on the life of an ambitious young real estate agent.
Myanmar's "The Road to Mandalay", which sees the flight of two illegal Burmese migrants to Thailand during their country's civil war, will close the festival.
The film festival will take place at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre from 19 to 23 August 2017.