Double Bill: The Impossibility of Knowing (2010) and
Invisible City (2007)

  • January 19, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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3 tickets: $20 || 5 tickets: $30
(U.P. $10 per ticket)

The bundle ticket packages are available for purchase only at Oldham Theatre’s Box Office. The box office will be open one hour before the earliest showtime of the day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The short film The Impossibility of Knowing (2010) will precede the screening of Invisible City (2007).

Director Tan Pin Pin will be present for a post-screening discussion. 

The Impossibility of Knowing (2010)
Directed by: Tan Pin Pin
Runtime: 12 minutes
Country: Singapore
Language: English
Rating: PG13 (Some Mature Content)

This documentary interrogates the internal histories of sites where crimes and accidents had occurred long ago. With the limited information available concerning these events, the film inquires into the possibility for spaces of trauma to transcend time and engender their own significance. Accompanied by voice-over narration by local Singaporean actor, Lim Kay Tong, director Tan Pin Pin’s camera renders palpable the sorrow and unease that haunts even the most ubiquitous of places amidst Singapore’s cityscape.

Invisible City (2007)
Alternative title: Bèi wàng lù 备忘录
Directed by: Tan Pin Pin
Runtime: 60 minutes
Country: Singapore
Language: Hokkien, Mandarin, Japanese, English with Chinese and English subtitles
Rating: PG

Invisible City chronicles the drive of a people to produce a record of their existence and preserve their histories before they disappear. In other words, a documentary about documentation. However, the histories relayed here concern a city that may not exist, and possibly never have. Interviewing photographers, journalists, filmmakers and archaeologists, director Tan Pin Pin records the hopes and doubts of ordinary citizens driven by a personal desire to find their own Singapores, real and imagined, past and present. Featuring archival photographs and footage of Singapore previously unavailable to the public, the film bears witness to the fragility of memory and the power of curiosity, presenting us with a history in atrophy and cities that could have been and, perhaps, still could be.


Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008

PRIX INTERNATIONAL DE LA SCAM (International Prize of the Civil Society of Multimedia Authors)
Cinéma du Réel Festival International du Film Documentaire 2008

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