Reciprocal 2023: Asian Film Archive (AFA) x Eye Filmmuseum

  • June 30, 2023 | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre
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RECIPROCAL is the Asian Film Archive (AFA)’s annual collaborative film programme that spotlights the archival collections of AFA and a partnering archive. Inspired by and responding to the resonance of each other’s featured collections, the curated line-up explores the creative intersections and juxtapositions between the preserved national, regional, and international film and moving image, offering perspectives on archival issues and concerns confronting contemporary archivists.

In the 2023 edition of RECIPROCAL, the Asian Film Archive and the Eye Filmmuseum each presents a significant selection of traditional and experimental works from their collections, covering a gamut of perceptions and emotions in the storytelling of personal and collective histories. The line-up includes canonical titles of Dutch Cinema, newly digitised and restored rare works, and animated gems from across the globe.

Reciprocal 2023 will run from 30 June – 30 July 2023 at Oldham Theatre. There will be an online talk with AFA’s Senior Archivist Tee Pao and the team at Eye Filmmuseum about the programme on Wednesday, 12 July, 7pm. 

Titles are listed according to chronological year of release

DOUBLE BILL: Shoes (1916, Lois Weber, USA) + North Indian Wedding (1966, Rajendra Gour, India and Singapore)
*Screenings will be accompanied by a live performance of the newly commissioned score from composer Jonathan Shin

AFA x EYE: Experimental Shorts

  1. Tulips (1966, Wim T. Schippers and Wim van der Linden, Netherlands)
  2. Sight & Desire (Eyes) (1968, Rajendra Gour, Singapore)
  3. Living (1971, Frans Zwarties, Netherlands)
  4. Touring Holland By Bicycle (1981, Paul de Nooijer and Jerry King Musser, Netherlands)
  5. Juan Gapang (Johnny Crawl) (1986, Roxlee, Philippines)
  6. A Very Slow Breakfast (2003, Edwin, Indonesia)
  7. Wall of Sound Flowers (2005, Francien van Everdingen, Netherlands)
  8. Rode Molen (Red Mill) (2013, Esther Urlus, Netherlands)
  9. Funny Table (2018, Ryan Benjamin Lee, Singapore)
  10. Of Pets & Dinner (2019, Kew Lin, Singapore)

AFA x EYE: Animated Shorts 

  1. Chicago Footwarmers (1967, Tom van Saane, Netherlands)
  2. I move, so I am (1997, Gerrit van Dijk, Netherlands)
  3. T.R.A.N.S.I.T (1998, Pet Kroon, Netherlands)
  4. Father and Daughter (2000, Michaël Dudok de Wit, Netherlands)
  5. Dance of Water (2009, Teo Chia Kai, Singapore)
  6. Get Real! (2010, Evert de Beijer, Netherlands)
  7. Study of a Singaporean Face (2015, Kan Lume and Megan Wonowidjoyo, Singapore)
  8. The Tiger of 142B (2016, Harry Zhuang Weifu and Henry Zhuang Weiguo, Singapore)
  9. Between Us Two (2017, Tan Wei Keong, Singapore)
  10. Piece of Meat (2019, Huang Junxiang and Jerrold Chong, Singapore)

Eye Filmmuseum

A Gangstergirl (Het gangastermeisje) (1966, Frans Weisz, Netherlands)
A Question of Silence (De stilte rond Christine M.) (1982, Marleen Gorris, Netherlands)
It’s Been A Lovely Day (Het is een schone dag geweest) (1993, Jos de Putter, Netherlands)
Tjoet Nja’ Dhien (1988, Eros Djarot, Indonesia)
The Forbidden Quest (1993, Peter Depleut, Netherlands)
The Brilliant Biograph (2020, various filmmakers (1897-1902), Netherlands)
They Call Me Babu (2020, Sandra Beerends, Netherlands)

Asian Film Archive

My Darling (Pyo Chit Lin, 1950, Tin Myint, Myanmar)
Dang Anom (1962, Hussein Haniff, Singapore)
That One No Enough (那个不够) (1999, Jack Neo, Singapore)
The Paper () (2000, Ding Jian Cheng, China)
Ah Kew the Digger (峇峇球) (2004, Khoo Eng Yow, Malaysia)
The Ashes And Ghosts of Tayug 1931 (Director’s Cut) (Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931) (2018, Christopher Gozum, Philippines)
The Tree House (2019, Truong Minh Quy, Vietnam)
Absent Smile (2022, Lavender Chang and John Clang, Singapore)


About the Eye Filmmuseum

Internationally acclaimed in the field of film restoration, research, and education, Eye Filmmuseum is the Dutch national film institute and the only museum for the art of film and its heritage in the Netherlands. Over the past 70 years, Eye has acquired an international collection spanning the history of film, from the first silent classic films to the most recent Dutch releases, blockbusters and cult films. Comprising approximately 55,000 films (60% of which are foreign), the collection also includes many film-related materials. The Eye closely follows the latest developments in film by organizing new acquisitions, programmes, and debates. The museum is open daily with four cinemas, an exhibition space, a floor dedicated to educational activities, a shop, and a bar-restaurant.

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