The Other Option: Australian Punk and Hardcore in South East Asia
Southeast Asia has long been a hotbed for music of all genres, but it was only in the past two decades that Australian punk and hardcore bands turned to the region as a place to showcase their talents, build their reputations, and have a great time. The Other Option follows the history of Australian bands performing in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore from 1998 to the present.
Short films for International Womens' Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, Asia Pacific Screens presents a series of short documentaries made by or focused upon women from Southeast Asia. Women of the Forest: The Hidden Burden of Climate Change
The third in a trilogy of films concerning Islam in contemporary Indonesia, Bid’ah Cinta was first screened during the 2017 controversy surrounding the election of the governor of Jakarta.
The Wings of the Takasago Giyutai 高砂的翅膀
The Wings of the Takasago Giyutai, the latest documentary by anthropologist and filmmaker Futuru Tsai, follows the descendants of the Takasago Giyutai, an indigenous unit that fought for the Empire of Japan in the Pacific. Tsai accompanies the group as they travel to Papua New Guinea where their ancestors died in battle.
First Vita Plus is an extremely successful Filipino corporation selling natural health drinks that consumers claim have cured everything from minor ailments to different kinds of cancer. Through a multi-level marketing strategy, First Vita Plus has sold impressive quantities of drink sachets around the Philippines and now around the world. With a mixed production team from the Netherlands and the Philippines, Sweet Medicine turns to the island of Palawan to examine the marketing and reception of these drinks in a rural and poor environment. Through interviews with doctors, health practitioners, and company executives, as well as extensive cooperation with Leo Diego, one of 2.5 million lower level marketing staff at First Vita Plus, this documentary offers an anthropological examination of the fast-growing business of food and vitamin supplements.
An Indonesian term referring to gay men, “conq” is also the name of a website and Facebook group in Indonesia. In the series Conq, Lukas and Timo try to find love and sex in their hometown of Jakarta. Through this activist comedy, acclaimed Indonesian director Lucky Kuswandi engages with taboos and stereotypes, as well as a wide variety of health and relationship issues.
Homostratus (Căn phòng của mẹ)
Homostratus is both an experimental foray into film and a reflection on contemporary Vietnam. Its meandering psychedelic style garnered "Best Unique Vison" at New York’s "Queens World Film Festival" in 2014. Siu Pham has created a film which defies description yet has critics eager for more.