Got an appetite for some gastronomic films? The 3rd Singapore Indie Documentary Festival is back at The Substation Theatre from 8 – 16 March with an international selection of films. ArtZine sifts through festival programme for the best 5 picks.
8 March, Day 1: A salute to International Women’s Day
Women in Uniform / 12noon / NC16/ 93 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.) / Hebrew with English subtitles
Lunch will have to wait if you would like to catch this noon screening of Hen Lasker’s Seeds of Summer. An intriguing tale of love in Israel’s military camp, this documentary is a must-watch. Lunch can wait! It would definitely be interesting to see what goes on in those strict female camps. We’ll entice you with the post screening Q&A with the director & producer after this session.
We Want Roses Too / 3:30pm/ R21 / 89 mins total / $35
(50% of proceeds will go to The Star Shelter)
This Italian documentary by Alina Marazzi explores the rise of feminism in Italty and how the sexual revolution and the feminist movement during the 1960s and 1970s has altered perceptions. Screened at international film awards in Holland, Switzerland and Italy, it will be a remarkable film to watch.
9 March, Day 2: Remembering our History
Revue / 9pm / 82 mins / $7 & $5 (conc.) / Russian with English subtitles
Director Sergei Loznitsa revives old newsreels of USSR in the 50’s and 60’s. Archived propaganda tells of the hardships of those who lived in the Soviet days, illuminated by the illusion of what communism. History buffs will find this documentary rewarding.
12 March, Day 4: Understanding Conflict
Drowned in Oblivion / 7:15pm / 75 mins / $7 & $5 (conc.)
Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd’s “Le Cerle Des Noyes” (Drowned in Oblivion) recollects the experiences of former African political prisoners in the fortress of Oualata. Masterly crafted by the French director, you’ll view an echo of each prison cell as the former inmate recalls his time there.
13 March, Day 5: Loving Life
Please Vote for Me / 9pm / 74 mins total / $7 & $5 (conc.)
In the name of democracy, competition blinds the innocent minds of 8 year old students in central China as they elect a Class Monitor. As simple as it may seem, the sinister twist begins as teachers and parents pressure individual students to win the coveted position. Weijun Chen’s film is part of the “Why Democracy Project”, consisting of interpretations of democracy by 10 international filmmakers.
3rd Singapore Indie Doc Festival
Showing at The Substation
8 – 16 March