2020 World Day For Audiovisual Heritage – Your Window to the World

To commemorate the World Day for AV Heritage, the Asian Film Archive (AFA) presents a specially curated film programme and online symposium entitled The (In)Hospitable World.  

In 2020, our world has reached a new level of inhospitality with the coronavirus outbreak. The (In)Hospitable World film programme explores the power of cinema to represent, reflect, and envision lives in “an unpredictable and increasingly inhospitable world.” [Jennifer Fay, Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene (2018)] The films initiate a rethink of how we can relate, connect and act during the time of crises, how we can cope with the losses and grief while envisioning a possible future, within a (post) pandemic new normal.

Screenings run until 22 November 2020 at Oldham Theatre, with selected films on VOD. Visit https://bit.ly/TheInhospitableWorld for more information. 

Online Symposium

The free online symposium of The (In)Hospitable World was conducted on Friday, 23 October 2020 from 10am (SGT/UTC+8), streamed live on AFA’s Facebook page and Youtube channels worldwide. Visit https://bit.ly/InHospitableWorldSymposium for the full schedule and speaker lineup. You can also download their abstracts and bios here.

An illustrious lineup of international speakers will address ecological, environmental, and public health issues represented through Asian cinema: 

  1. theorising of Asian cinema in the (in)hospitable world;
  2. making films in times of environmental and health crises; 
  3. new forms of film distribution, exhibition and spectatorship in a (post) catastrophic time.

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