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Artists’ Moving Image Programme: Destination: Other Worlds (18) + ScreenTalk

Queer East Film Festival

A still in Shapeshifters

From ghosts to AI, mermaids to musicals and digital animation to Super 8, these artist moving image works centre speculation, imagination, and dreaming as key strategies for creating possibilities. 

Inventing mythologies, cosmologies, and systems that depart from normative sense-making become bridges to worlds beyond the internalised fictions of capitalist fixity.

Grounded in queering as an imaginative praxis, these films by queer Southeast and East Asian filmmakers ask: how might we find and grow pockets of the eerie, comical, or cosmical in the everyday, and what might these adventures enable?

This screening is followed by a live ScreenTalk with artist-filmmakers Yarli Allison, Asuka Lin and Royston Tan, led by programmer April Lin 林森

LC = Locally classified

Please note this programme contains scenes of a sexual nature.


Shapeshifter(s) is an experimental short film that looks into the uncanny parallel between the policing of pigeons and marginalised folks.
Singapore 2021 Dir Khairullah Rahim 2 min

A.I. Mama
A young programmer attempts to revive their lost mother by building an A.I. with human memories.
US 2020 Dir Asuka Lin 5 min

A speculative documentary imagines a new type of tree and invites you to a conversation with the inhabitant spirit.
UK 2021 Dir April Lin 林森 10 min

Datafication Act 1 : May Ian Valley 0101
A mixed-media film imagining the daily influences of AI emergence and gamification on one's behaviour, taking the most intimate sexual encounters as departure.
UK 2021 Dir Yarli Allison 5 min

How to Become a True Post-Human
An attempt to discover an escape from the existing order, to be reborn as a post-human being.
2020 South Korea Dir Dew Kim (aka Huh Need-you) 6 min

Book of Permutation = Tale of a Dying House
A story of incantation and birth in the form of a funeral, as told by window-keeper spirits in a house.
2021 Dir Nuka Nayu and Harry Appleyard 9 min

Commissioned as part of the Bagri Foundation's Chang/ce series.

A Spider, Fever, and Other Disappearing Islands
An experimental documentary which connects the director’s grandmother's migration from the Indonesian Riau Islands to Singapore with a spider spirit’s migratory route, where memories of colonial ghosts, sisterhood, and disappearance are woven together.
Singapore 2021 Dir Natalie Khoo 21 min
Ex Nilalang: From Creature ~ From Creation (EP 4)

The final work in a series of films that uses myth as a form to explore the intersections of queer identities of the Filipino diaspora.
2017 Dir Club Ate (Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra) 14 min
Cambrian Explosion
A mermaid dreams of becoming human in this gory, romantic music video.
Japan 2016 Dir Fuyuhiko Takata 2 min

A musical, all-singing, all-dancing, attack on censorship in Singaporean movies.
Singapore 2004 Dir Royston Tan 13 min

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