Nothing To Lose: The Melancholy of Resistance

Nothing To Lose: The Melancholy of Resistance

03.02.2018 20:00
HKW - Lecture Hall

One Future, Tan Chui Mui, MY 2009, 5'. Song to the Front, Nguyen Trinh Thi, VN 2011/12, 5'. We Don’t Care For Democracy, This Is What We Want: Love And Hope And Its Many Faces, John Torres, PH 2010, 12'. The Age of Anxiety, Taiki Sakpisit, TH 2013, 14'. Seoi and Jun, Lo King-wah, HK 2015, 20'. Requiem for M, Kiri Dalena, PH 2010, 7'. Demos, Danaya Chulphuthiphong, TH 2016, 13'.

Curated by Stefan Rusu,
followed by a talk with Florian Wüst

This program presents a selection of short films from the ASEAN region, reflecting on the current rise of populism and state of disorder. Southeast Asia’s economic and political development is extremely fragile and subjected to internal conflicts and forms of authoritarianism. From the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to the Rohingya persecution in Myanmar—contemporary politics across the region show many examples of undemocratic leadership. Thailand remains under military rule; in Vietnam, the media is state-controlled, while in Hong Kong, in late 2014, the so-called Umbrella Movement emerged, peacefully protesting in reaction to proposed reforms to the electoral system. Under such circumstances, artists and filmmakers engage in providing context to the conflicts and controversies of the day, and act against fear, violence, and lost values.