PARIS: To see what China's one-child policy has done to the most populous country on Earth, you just have to look around you, said acclaimed filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai."There is often one child now to six grown-ups. You have the four grandparents and two parents for one child. It's a bit unbalanced," the director added with not a little understatement."So Long, My Son", which won its stars Yong Mei and Wang Jingchun the best actor award at the Berlin film festival earlier this year, plunges audiences into the ocean of pain and heartbreak the policy caused.The tragic story of a couple whose only son is drowned in an accident, is an epic account of how families were bent and buckled during the 36 years of the world's biggest demographic experiment."It made me realise to what extent we as Chinese people lived through something that was completely out of the ordinary and unique in the world," Wang told AFP just before the film opened in France."That is what pushed me to shoot the film," said … [Read more...] about New film shows painful legacy of China’s one-child policy
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It’s an artsy week with film premieres from Pangdemonium and Singular Screens – the latest from Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019. For the music junkies and clubbers, get hyped with Zouk’s weekend-long 28th anniversary celebrations, and North London rapper Jimothy’s debut in Singapore. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PRETTY GIRLS Pangdemonium’s world premiere of This is What Happens to Pretty Girls draws from true survival stories of the #MeToo movement, telling the lives of both women and men who continue to struggle with their secrets of sexual harassment and trauma. Directed by Tracy Pang (winner of Best Director Award for Falling), and written by playwriter Ken Kwek (award-winning director of Unlucky Plaza), this play tackles difficult conversations on gender equality and empowerment. And for those who believe that “this is what happens to pretty girls”, Pangdemonium challenges … [Read more...] about 5 things to do in Singapore this week: May 13-19
FILM director Shahili Abdan, better known as Nam Ron, is on a winning streak. His gritty action film One Two Jaga, on the subjects of illegal immigrants and corruption, has been sweeping awards in film festivals. Its most recent wins were at the 2019 Asean International Film Festival Awards (AIFFA) which took place in Kuching, last month. One Two Jaga bagged two major awards – best director for Nam Ron, and best supporting actor for Amerul Affendi. The month before, at the 30th Malaysian Film Festival (FFM), the film took home another six awards – best film, best director, best actor, best screenplay, best original story, and best poster. Not a man to rest on his laurels, the director has already moved on to his next film – one that tackles another thorny issue, that of racism. The film, Masterpiecisan, has already finished shooting and will hit cinemas by the end of the year. The film follows the journey of a Malaysian-Chinese theatre director (played by … [Read more...] about Courting healthy discussion
MANILA -- Multi-awarded writer-director Erik Matti returns to the horror genre with “Kwaresma,” an epic movie event that is the Mother’s Day offering of Reality Entertainment. Producer Dondon Monteverde and Matti, his business partner, singled out Sharon Cuneta to star in the film. She is paired for the first time with “Heneral Luna” actor John Arcilla. “Who else can we think of to be the iconic representation of Mother’s Day this coming May 15, than Sharon?” Matti said. Matti and Monteverde visited Cuneta one day in December during her Selecta TV commercial shoot in Makati to tell her about the project. In 15 minutes, the veteran singer-actress was convinced and immediately gave her nod to do “Kwaresma.” “When Sharon said yes, we locked her schedule and got 25 days for the shoot,” Matti shared. “Immediately, all the actors around her, we gave that schedule that everybody followed.” Watch more in iWant … [Read more...] about News How Erik Matti convinced Sharon Cuneta to do ‘Kuwaresma’
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?