Abigail Child creates a fictional story composed from an anonymous family archive from 1930s Europe, overlaying her own narration onto a montage of found footage. Exploring the story beneath the story, these home movies are reconstructed to emphasise gender acculturation in two sisters who play, race, fight, kiss and grow up together under a shadow of oncoming history. At once biography and fiction, history and psychology, The Future is Behind You excavates gestures to explore the speculative seduction of narrative; it seeks a bridge between private and public histories.
Acts and Intermissions
Experimental filmmaker and poet Abigail Child examines the life of Emma Goldmanviewed at the turn of the 20th century as the most dangerous woman aliveand her relationship to the history of protest through a mix of archival footage, contemporary observational views, re-enactments and text. Goldmans fight for social justice encompassed issues that remain urgent today, and the films overlapping of past and present highlights the continuing relevance of her struggle.
The film programme for SIFA 2018, curated by the Asian Film Archive, features an international selection of exceptional new works celebrating independent voices across the world. From the adversity of fictive or real-life icons to the positions of the marginalised, the constellation of films hopes to respond to the general sentiment of the festival programming with ideas revolving around the notion of resistance and the experience of the individual.
Continuing the trend from past SIFA film programmes, this individualism can also be experienced and translated on screen through the singular visions embodied by the filmmakers. Valuing the ingenious and the risk-taking in cinema, Singular Screens hopes not only to be diverse in representation but bold in putting together its palette of cinematic adventures. Whether as illustrations of resilience, peculiarity or the extraordinary, the films and their characters will continue to project imagined futures and aspire for alternate possibilities amid larger circumstances.