#LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Overview

With legacies of violence, The O.P.E.N. confronts the darker side of the 20th century. It explores the historical legacy of acts of violence, the impact it has in shaping societies and individuals, along with the struggle to accept the past and move into the future. Specifically, The O.P.E.N. puts a spotlight on the legacies of Apartheid in South Africa; the indelible scars of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; the political and social impact of economic profiteering on migration, livelihood displacements and social unrests; and issues of human rights and equality.
Photos © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg.




EXHIBITION #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

fo(u)nd with Faces and Phases by Zanele Muholi

The exhibition by award-winning South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi presents bold portraiture of marginalised individuals from her home country. An ongoing series since 2007, fo(u)nd with Faces and Phases commemorates the lives of these individuals as Muholi captures the confidence, fearlessness and defiance of her subjects in a captivating visual history post-apartheid, while confronting stereotypes associated with gender and sexuality.

Advisory: Mature Theme 
(18 years and above)



Opening:
Thu 26 June 2014
7pm – 10pm
With artist talk by Zanele Muholi “Collaboration, Art, Social Change” at 8pm
Exhibition Continues: Fri – Sun 27 – 29 June 2014
11am – 10pm
Venue: 72-13
TALK #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Body Politics 1 – Fingerprinting South African Contemporary Dance
Award-winning dance critic and writer, Adrienne Sichel from Johannesburg, speaks with videos and slides, on the development, politic, trend, the multiplicity of stories and bodies of contemporary dance in South Africa.

Sat 28 June 2014
5pm – 6.30pm
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

A Letter to Nelson Mandela
Dir. Khalo Matabane 
(2013) South Africa/Germany
85 mins
In English
Rated: PG13 (SOME COARSE LANGUAGE)


A personal odyssey involving an imaginary letter to Nelson Mandela and conversations with politicians, world leaders, intellectuals, artists and survivors of apartheid.


Sat 28 June 2014
7.30pm
With introduction and after-show comments by Jay Pather, curator-artist
Venue: 72-13
TALK #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Brunch at The O.P.E.N.: Post Apartheid South Africa
An intimate connection relating to the issues of the day.

Jay Pather, from Cape Town, on an appraisal and critique of Nelson Mandela's legacy, the realities and shortcomings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, memory and the lingering effects of apartheid, a post colonial society deeply connected to its colonial past and the delusions associated with this.

Sun 29 June 2014
11am - 12.30pm
Venue: 72-13
TALK #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Body Politics 2 – Mamela Nyamza and fellow trailblazers
Award-winning dance critic and writer, Adrienne Sichel from Johannesburg, continues the narrative of dance in South Africa with video and images focusing on Mamela Nyamza who has deeply challenged gender stereotypes in her politics of dance.

Sun 29 June 2014
1pm - 2pm
Venue: 72-13
CONCERT #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

The Art of Fear with Sophron Quartet
Christina Zhou (violin), Christoven Tan (viola), Lin Juan (cello) and Tang Tee Tong (violin) are the newly established Sophron Quartet. The Art of Fear is a music performance with film and silent reading of artist texts from the Stalin period of the Soviet Union.

Sat 12 July 2014
1pm - 2.30pm
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Wadjda

Dir. Haifaa Al Mansour
(2012) Saudi Arabia
100 mins
In Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: PG
Singapore Premiere

Wadjda is an 11-year-old Saudi girl living in the conservative capital of Riyadh. She is a playful child and wants to buy a bicycle to race against her friend Abdullah. However, riding bikes is frowned upon for girls in her society. Despite her mum's objection, she decides to save the money herself. This is the first feature film ever made in Saudi Arabia and it was directed by its first female filmmaker.

Followed by a post-film discussion organised in collaboration with
Singapore Committee for UN Women
unwomen-nc.org.sg



Sun 29 June 2014
7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: 72–13
SCREENING #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Dir. Thom Andersen
(2003) USA
169 mins
In English
Rating: M18 (NUDITY)
Singapore Premiere


Remastered and re-edited in 2013, Los Angeles Plays Itself is an architecture survey of how the world’s most frequently filmed metropolis is represented on the silver screen. Because such cinematic representations shaped our perception, it is also an impassioned call to fellow filmmakers to take more care in their documentation. Through clips from more than 200 films such as Blade Runner and L.A Confidential, Andersen presents the complex relationship between the movies and his beloved city.



Mon 30 June 2014
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

A Moment of Innocence
Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
(1996) Iran
78 mins
In Farsi, English subtitles
Rated: PG


A Moment of Innocence is a semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a young revolutionary against the Shah's regime. At a protest rally in the late 70s when the filmmaker was only 17 years old, he stabbed a policeman and was jailed for five years. Two decades later, Makhmalbaf tracks down the policeman to make a film together about the incident.


Tue 1 July 2014
7.30pm – 9.30pm
With Film Club Discussion led by film curator, Tan Bee Thiam
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Norte, the End of History

Dir. Lav Diaz
(2013) Philippines
250 mins
In Tagalog, English subtitles
Rating: M18 (SEXUAL VIOLENCE)
Singapore Premiere


Filmmaker Lav Diaz is revered for his monumental storytelling. A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country's never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him. Loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the film premiered to wide acclaim in Cannes Film Festival 2013.



Fri 4 July 2014
7.30pm - 11.40pm
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

The Missing Picture
Dir. Rithy Panh
(2013) Cambodia; France
92 mins
In French, English subtitles
Rating: PG13 (SOME DISTURBING SCENES)


This 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film tells Panh’s family story with a cast of clay figures and his narration to recreate the atrocities of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge.


Sun 6 July 2014
3pm – 4.30pm
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Earth

Dir. Alexander Dovzhenko
(1930) Soviet Union, Ukraine
75 mins
Silent
Rating: M18 (NUDITY)


Influenced by communism, Vasily leads a youth movement to form collectivized farming in a Ukrainian village. He comes into direct conflict with the Kulaks, a class of wealthy landowners and is subsequently killed by one of them. Once a confidante of Stalin, Dovzhenko found himself increasingly at odds with the totalitarian regime. His loyalty was questioned and the party would subsequently censor or withdraw them from circulation. Regarded as the father of Ukrainian Cinema, Dovzhenko was a key early influence for Andrei Tarkovsky, who looked upon him as the master of poetic cinema. Earth was restored in 2013 and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Live accompaniment by Bani Haykal.


Sun 6 July 2014
5pm – 6.30pm
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE

Non-fiction Diary

Dir. Yoon-suk Jung
(2013) South Korea
90 mins
In Korean, English subtitles
Rating: PG13 (SOME DISTURBING SCENES)
Singapore Premiere


The ‘slogan’ of the first-ever serial killers in Korea was ‘We hate the rich’. A picture of lost youth, the deep social rift due to capitalist greed and the traumatic events that shook South Korea after the dark period of military rule. Winner of the Best Documentary Prize at the Busan International Film Festival and the
NETPAC Prize at Berlin International Film Festival 2014.



Mon 7 July 2014
7.30pm - 9.30pm
With Film Club Discussion led by film curator, Tan Bee Thiam
Venue: 72-13
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Unless otherwise stated, other images by Jeannie Ho