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Directed by: Various
Runtime: 83 min
Language: Various with English subtitles
The act of recalling mediates the past and brings it back to consciousness. The Ghosts We Recall showcases a series of short films that invokes private and collective memories through the uncovering of personal archives that refuse to be consigned to the past. In confronting old wounds, these excavations offer sites for contemplation and opportunities at reincarnation.
Part of the State of Motion 2020: Rushes of Time film programme
Simon Liu / Hong Kong, USA, UK / 2019 / 13’ / No dialogue / PG
This reframing of personal memories embodies the otherworldly freedom of movement afforded by digital streaming. Composed of stills from the director’s archives, spliced together frame-by-frame, the film unfolds in an evolving rhythmic pattern, frantically covering myriad personal events, before culminating in the violence that took place during the 2005 WTO protest in Hong Kong.
Winner of the Best EXiS Award (Best Film/Video) at EXiS International Experimental Film & Video Festival (2019)
Ashish Avikunthak / India / 2010 / 21’ / No dialogue / NC16 (Some Mature Content)
“In 1997, I filmed a sequence—a friend immersing an idol of Ganesha at Chowpati Beach, Bombay on the last day of the Ganapati festival. A year later, he committed suicide.
After twelve years, I completed the film. Using his footage as the leitmotif, this film is a requiem to a dead friend.”
— Ashish Avikunthak
SOUTHEAST ASIAN PREMIERE
Aykan Safoğlu / Turkey, Germany / 2019 / 13’ / German / PG13 (Brief Coarse Language)
This film uses analogue photography to expose the cracks and fragile boundaries between the spheres of existence and disappearance, revealing processes of transition—migration, radicalisation, personal development—as fragments of a whole.
Memories for a Private Eye
SOUTHEAST ASIAN PREMIERE
Rania Stephan / Lebanon / 2015 / 31’ / Arabic, English / NC16 (Some Nudity)
This film is the first in a trilogy delving into the director’s private archives. Employing the figure of a fictional detective to help her reveal her traumas, the film spirals around a lost image: the sole moving image of her deceased mother. Weaving together images from different sources—both personal and taken from film, TV and YouTube history—the film constructs a labyrinthine maze that functions as a blueprint for remembrance.
Tulapop Saenjaroen / Thailand / 2008 / 5’ / Thai / PG
The Return is an attempt by the artist to recall his lost memories of his father, who died in a car accident when the artist was five years old. Personal family photographs from his funeral are overlaid with the imagined voice of his dead father coming back to life—a strange and moving feedback loop between father and son, between personal history and its own otherness.
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