Dialogues with the Unseen: Short Films from Southeast Asia
|When||30 Apr 2021 - 3 Oct 2021|
|Where||Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Astoria, NY 11106
A common thread connecting many of the singular and diverse cultures across Southeast Asia is a deeply held belief in an invisible realm, unseen forces that shape our world. These can manifest as souls of the deceased; guardian spirits; or the potent energies of places, animals, or things—all of which imply a fundamental union between material and immaterial, and dissolves boundaries between presence and absence, past and present.
The films in this program, made by artists from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, exist at this spiritual threshold. Via personal hauntings, memories of loss or trauma, or relationships with ancestors and nature spirits, these filmmakers dramatize how unseen forces actively shape identity, memory, and belonging, and are testament to the potential for transcendence through interconnectedness.
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