RADICAL WHISPERS: Asian Shorts and Documentaries

  • September 9, 2022 | 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre
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Bringing together documentaries and short films from Japan, India and Myanmar, represented by filmmakers Kaori Oda, Payal Kapadia and filmmaker-curator Moe Myat May Zarchi, RADICAL WHISPERS explores how whispers—in the form of love letters, secret conversations, journal entries and hearsay— are amplified and transformed into potent sources of political action in film. Through a diverse range of ephemera and story-telling devices, including iphone footage of strangers, 16mm family videos and text messages between friends, the clandestine is made communal, allowing access into the deeply intimate subjectivities of filmmakers and the communities they are part of. Stories of lost love and intergenerational trauma become intertwined with social movements and transnational connections. The boundaries of private and public, solitude and solidarity, secret and overt are re-negotiated. The films offer a provocation into the role of film in disseminating and organising, in connecting and healing. 

RADICAL WHISPERS will run from 9 September – 2 October at Oldham Theatre. There will be Q&A sessions with the filmmakers on 9, 18, 25 September and 2 October 2022. If you wish to purchase tickets for those sessions, do check the screening page description carefully.


Kaori Oda
DOUBLE BILL: Thus a Noise Speaks (ノイズが言うには, 2010, Kaori Oda) + Toward a Common Tenderness (あの優しさへ, 2017, Kaori Oda)
DOUBLE BILL: FLASH (フラッシュ, 2015, Kaori Oda) + Cenote (TS’ONOT / セノーテ, 2019, Kaori Oda)

Payal Kapadia
A Night of Knowing Nothing (2021, Payal Kapadia)

Shorts Programme:
And What is the Summer Saying (2018, Payal Kapadia)
Afternoon Clouds (दोपहर के बादल/ Dopaher ki Badal, 2017, Payal Kapadia)
The Last Mango Before the Monsoon (2015, Payal Kapadia)

Myanmar Focus (curated by Moe Myat May Zarchi)
3 Strangers (သူစိမ်းသုံးယောက်, 2021, dir. Lamin Oo)

Shorts Programme:
A Letter to a Bird (2017, dir. FilmBuff Collective)
February 1st (ဖေဖော်ဝါရီ ၁ ရက်နေ့, 2021, dir. Leïla Macaire and Momo)
Invisible (မမြင်ရသော မမြင်ကြသော, 2021, dir. Joy)
Freedom of Clouds (လွတ်လပ်သောတိမ်, 2022, dir. Moe Myat May Zarchi and Itö)
A Summer Break (နွေတဆစ်ချိုး, 2022, dir. Shwe Phoo and Nandi)
period@period (2016, dir. Hnin Ei Hlaing)
The Cockroach (ပိုးဟပ်, 2020, dir. Sxar Kiss)

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Important Notice:
Do note that Oldham Theatre operates on a free seating arrangement. Doors will open 20 minutes before showtime so arrive early to choose a seat and avoid disrupting the screenings as AFA does not play ads and screenings will start promptly.
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