Campus Greens Presents: The First Ever: Southeast Asian Film Festival
In the Galvin Auditorium (Sullivan Center), Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus
Thursday; March 18, 2010: (6-10 pm)
1. 7:00-7:15 p.m. MOTORCYCLE/ Thailand (14 min)
In a remote village in north-east Thailand, the only
phone begins to ring. It is a call from the city that Grandfather Koon’s son has been killed in a motorcycle crash. Somehow, Koon must bring the body back to the village and ensure that there is a proper funeral.
2. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Rainbow Troops/ Indonesia (2 hrs. 4 min)
The island of Belitong, Indonesia. Two teachers, Muslimah and Harfan, eagerly await the beginning of the new school year and the arrival of their new pupils. At least ten pupils need to attend their Islamic primary school, otherwise the educational authority will close them down. No wonder they are both nervous. Fortunately, ten students end up registering for school–most of the children being from families of poor day laborers. Muslimah decides to call the group of first graders the “rainbow troops.” Following the children over a period of five years, we observe as these disadvantaged children struggle for the right to make their dreams reality.
2009 Best Film/ Asian Film Award
Sunday, March 21, 2010:
3. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Bangkok Zigzag/ Thailand (52 min)
This documentary film explores the lives of five motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok, Thailand. These young men, many of whom grew up on rice paddies, have left the country and taken up the lethal vocation of driving motorcycle taxis in one of the world’s most famously
4. 1:45-3:25 p.m. Buffalo Boy/ Vietnam (102 min)
Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have two buffalo, their lifeline as subsistence rice farmers. During the rainy season, there’s no grass and the buffalo are starving. Kim volunteers to take the beasts inland to find food. On this coming-of-age journey, Kim sees men mistreat women, men fight with men, and French taxes rob the poor. He works for Lap, a buffalo herder whose past is entangled with Kim’s parents, and he makes friends who will lead him to his place in the world. Written by (firstname.lastname@example.org
-Best Cinemetoghraphy/ Asian Pactific Film Award
-Silver Hugo/Chicago Intl. Film Award
5. 3:45-5:15 p.m. The Betrayal/ Laos (93 min)
The epic story of a family forced to emigrate from Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Kuras has spent the last 23 years chronicling the family’s extraordinary journey in this deeply personal, poetic, and emotional film.
Winner 2009 Academy
Awards/ Best Documentary Feature
-2009 Independent Spirit Award Nominee For Best Documentary
Filopino 5:30-7:00 p.m.
6. 7:10-8:40 p.m. Of Love and Eggs/ Indonesia (90 min)
In frustration, a young woman calls out to her father, who stands no more than twenty feet away from her in a crowded hands the anguished father a microphone, whispering, Use this. She’ll hear you when you use this. To the cheers of the crowd, the father speaks into the microphone, telling his daughter how much he loves her. This film brings this gentle humor to complex relationships between parents and children, and to social and religious issues of life in and around a Jakarta mosque, through the eyes and voices of children, and the powerful imagery of a prayer rug, young love—and eggs.
7. 9:00-10:35 p.m. Be With Me / Singapore (83 min)
Be With Me is a tapestry of three stories woven around the themes of love, hope, and destiny. Although the main characters come from different backgrounds and lead different lives, they all long to be with their loved one. Unbeknownst to them, these different souls will share the same stage in a play written by Fate, one which involves the themes of love, tragedy, and redemption. The characters in the movie are fictitious except for Theresa Chan. Deaf and blind since she was 14, Theresa – who is now 61 – is a remarkable woman who has triumphed over her disabilities to live an amazing life. She is the film’s beacon, a symbol of strength and hope.
Co-Sponsored by: Campus Greens, SAF, Anthropology Dept, INTS Dept., Asian
Studies Dept, VASA, LUCINE