CineSEA independent moving images from Southeast Asia

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to extend this invitation to CineSEA independent moving images from Southeast Asia, 21-23 March. Details below.

CineSEA: independent moving images from Southeast Asia

part I  21 – 23 March
part II Autumn 2009

The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster, is pleased to present a special event showcasing independent moving images and new research directions in Southeast Asian cinema. Many UK premieres have been selected for the six programmes of documentaries, shorts, and video art featured during cineSEA Part I. Highlights include the recent video art of Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century). The one-day symposium, featuring international scholars and curators, explores the intersection between regionally grounded digital practices and global theorisations of 21st century cinema. Part II of cineSEA takes place this autumn when Apichatpong will be conducting a special masterclass for CREAM based on his work-in-progress Primitive.

Screenings at Birkbeck Cinema (21 – 22 March)
41-43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

21 March

The More Things Change, 11am – 1pm
‘Oh what a beautiful coup.’ Filmmakers respond to Thailand’s political merry-go-round. Highlights from the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 2008 (BEFF5).

Raiding the Archive, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Iconoclastic uses of footage and reenactment prise open Southeast Asia’s colonial past. Includes Marlon Fuentes’s Bontoc Eulogy – a recounting of the Filipino filmmaker’s ancestral tale via “powers of the false at work” (Laura Marks).

Apichatpong Shorts and Videos, 4 – 7pm
A special programme of recent shorts and rarely seen videos by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Includes Vampire (2008), Emerald (2007), Luminous People (2007), and Haunted Houses (2001). This screening coincides with the launch of the Austrian Film Museum’s major international project “Year of Apichatpong.”

22 March

Intimate Portraits, 11am – 1pm
Filmmakers document the private and the everyday in Southeast Asia, and in the process provoke questions about the ethics of seeing. Includes Match Made, Mirabelle Ang’s subtle look at Vietnam’s export brides network (Viennale 2006).  The filmmaker will be present.

Introducing Lav Diaz, 1.30 – 4.30pm
Experience the rough-cut of Heremias, Lav Diaz’s bold experimentation with cinematic duration. “[A] great contemporary filmmaker..whose art is constantly haunted by History, poetically mingling a documentary approach and fictional narrative” (Cinéma du Réel 2008 homage).

Second Nature, 5 – 7pm
Highlights from BEFF 5. Playful explorations of the essence of film and video at the intersection between nature, the quotidian and pop. Includes experimental music video by Apichatpong.

Symposium at The Pavilion, Cavendish Campus, University of Westminster
115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

23 March, 10am – 6pm

Digital, Aesthetics and Discourses of Independence in Southeast Asian Cinema
This international symposium explores Southeast Asian independent cinema as a digitally mediated space in which articulations of aesthetic sensibility and social subjectivity combine. The key theme concerns the implications of a regionally grounded understanding of digital practices – focusing on aesthetics and dissemination – in theorising 21st century cinema. Other topics addressed include the search for origins of independent practices and the passage of Southeast Asian moving images into gallery sites.

Confirmed speakers: Dr David Teh (curator, BEFF5 and Unreal Asia), Mirabelle Ang (filmmaker), Dr Khoo Gaik Cheng (Australian National University), Dr Mariam Lam (University of California, Riverside), Alexis Tioseco (editor-in-chief, Criticine), Dr Arnika Fuhrmann (PhD, University of Chicago), Benjamin McKay (Monash University, Malaysia), Philippa Lovatt (University of Glasgow), Dr May Ingawanij (CREAM).

Don’t miss cineSEA Part II: Apichatpong at CREAM

We are delighted to announce a rare opportunity to participate in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s masterclass, based on his work-in-progress Primitive. The event will take place at the University of Westminster in autumn 2009. The reservation list for the masterclass will open during cineSEA Part I.

All screenings at Birkbeck Cinema are free of charge but email booking is essential.

Symposium: £10 (£5 concession). Advance booking entitles you to priority access to all screenings at Birkbeck Cinema. For advance purchase please email May Ingawanij.


For detailed programme information please visit

cineSEA is organised by CREAM in collaboration with History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, BEFF5 and Criticine.


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