Flooding in the Time of Drought (Singapore, 2009) - Film Screening
Oddball Film + Video San Francisco, CA
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What if the water supply suddenly runs dry in Singapore?
This docu-fiction fusion depicts the lives of foreign migrants in Singapore in the face of an impending water crisis. As the financial center of Southeast Asia, Singapore has traditionally been the locus for immigration within the region. Yet, the tiny city state has been plagued with a shortage of natural resources since its independence. These resources, such as clean drinking water, has had to be imported from its neighboring countries, leading to political tension as Singapore occupies the center position, ruthlessly exploiting its periphery.
This two-part feature length film explores this very tension, embodied both by the foreign migrants in the film, and by the sudden shortage of water. Taking us on a journey across eight interweaved stories and ten languages, the film touches on the racial tensions lingering from the 1997 Indonesian riots, World War II, ritual beliefs, and ethnic discrimination in Southeast Asia. All these traumatic memories become ingrained over generations and are transported along with the migrant communities to Singapore.
Born in Malaysia, Sherman Ong is himself an expatriate in Singapore. An award-winning photographer and filmmaker, his film work has been widely shown in prestigious festivals such as Rotterdam, Hong Kong, and the Venice Biennale. This will be the first ever screening of his work in the Bay Area.
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