Cinemata Big Screen Pandemic Times: Platforms in Films – Rasa Dan Asa (Flavors, Feelings, and Hope) + The Boys Club + See You, George! + Roundtrip to Happiness

  • Thursday, 25 May 2023 (Day 4)
  • 18:00 – 19:20 hrs (GMT+7)
  • CMU Art Center – Theater
This screening features four films from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines produced at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The films document persisting human rights issues and new challenges brought about by the pandemic – from labour rights violations and human rights abuses to issues of misogyny and discrimination.

Rasa Dan Asa (Flavors, Feelings, and Hope)

Malaysia, Indonesia / 2022 / Documentary / 27 mins

Directed by Okui Lala and & Nasrikah

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Indonesian domestic workers Ningrum and Binti could not return home to their families. Together with other domestic workers from PERTIMIG (Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers Association in Malaysia), they find support and hope by learning to document and share their lives using their phones.

The Boys Club (Trailer)

Malaysia / 2021 / Documentary / 23 mins

Directed by Yihwen Chen

A female Malaysian filmmaker dreamt of making the first feature documentary for theatrical release in her country. After four years of struggles, her film premiered with glowing reviews. But soon after, she lost her job. This documentary reveals her deeply personal and harrowing filmmaking journey of enduring sexual harassment, bullying, and misogyny.

See You, George!

Philippines / 2021 / Fiction / 12 mins

Directed by Mark Moneda

A group of hospital workers in the Philippines commemorates the life of a fallen colleague through a virtual necrological service.

Roundtrip to Happiness (Trailer)

Philippines / 2022 / Fiction / 15 mins

Directed by Claudia Fernando

Childhood friends Ara and Hiro explore the world even as the pandemic rages on. They fulfil their hopes of travel and adventure by visiting their hometowns and other beautiful places through Google Earth.

Presented by Cinemata in partnership with Friends Without Borders Foundation with support from CMU Faculty of Fine Arts, Media Arts and Design, CMU Art and Culture Center, and DS Young Filmmaker.

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