Absent Smile (2022)

  • June 5, 2024 | 8:00 PM - 9:20 PM | Wednesday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Lavender Chang and John Clang
Language: Hokkien, English, Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Country: Singapore
Runtime: 79 mins
Rating: PG


Absent Smile features the parents of New York-based Singaporean photographer and filmmaker John Clang. Their daily routines and conversations reveal how much they support their son despite missing him tremendously.  On a parallel tangent, the documentary features candid portrait photography sessions of various families, where those overseas partake and reconnect with loved ones at home over the webcam.

The debut feature documentary by filmmakers Lavender Chang and John Clang premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2022.

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