Taking its title from Jennifer Fay’s book, The (In)hospitable World explores the power of cinema to represent, reflect, and envision lives in “an unpredictable and increasingly inhospitable world.” In this new geological epoch we call the Anthropocene, cinema does not merely expose the ecological and environmental crises faced in today’s world; they lead us to see the world beyond conventional human perspectives. The selected films will explore how one could perceive the world and our relationships with other humans, animals and the more-than-human world that coexist with us, and reflect upon our ways in treating nature and the world beyond anthropocentric perspectives.
In 2020, the Earth has reached a new level of inhospitality with the coronavirus outbreak. Films selected for this programme lead us to rethink how we can relate and connect during the time of crises, to orient ourselves in a world of (post-)pandemic new order. Can we still act, connect, and relate, in this increasingly inhospitable world? How should we cope with the losses and grief, and envision a more hospitable future?
About Guest Curator
Kiu-wai Chu came to Singapore in July 2019, as an Assistant Professor in Green Humanities, and a faculty member of the Chinese programme in Nanyang Technological University. He obtained his PhD in Comparative Literature in University of Hong Kong, his previous degrees from SOAS University of London and University of Cambridge, and his postdoctoral fellowships from University of Zurich and Western Sydney University.
Kiu-wai’s major research explores how cinema, media and arts represent animals, nature and the environment; and how they impact people’s perceptions and actions towards environmental issues in contemporary world. He has published extensively in books and journals related to ecocriticism and contemporary cinema and visual art, specifically in Chinese and Southeast Asian contexts. His work has appeared in Transnational Ecocinema; Animated Landscapes; Ecomedia: Key Issues; Journal of Chinese Cinemas; Asian Cinema; Chinese Environmental Humanities; Cli-fi: A Companion; and elsewhere.
An initiative by the Asian Film Archive (AFA), Reframe is a salon series that aims to bring together diverse audiences and the film community at large through an innovative range of programmes, encouraging dialogue and examining topics surrounding cinema and the moving image.
By asking the hard questions and re-looking at trends and issues critically, the series will construct meaningful frameworks that bring forth multi-perspective viewpoints and an increased appreciation of film and culture.
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