05 Oct 2022, 19:00
London, Arch 504 Ridgway Rd, London SW9 7EX, UK
𝘽𝘼𝙀𝙎𝙄𝘼𝙉𝙕 𝘾𝙄𝙉𝙀𝙈𝘼 𝘾𝙇𝙐𝘽 will be showcasing some of the best, subversive and iconic Asian films from across the continent.
For each screening, we will invite an emerging filmmaker to screen one of their short films as well as a feature film selected by them.
Kicking us off, we’ll be showing April Lin's short film "(Tending) (to) (Ta): Morning Offering" (2021). (Tending) (to) (Ta): Morning Offering, is the opening scene of (Tending) (to) (Ta), a narrative-led speculative fiction which follows an exchange of internal letters between two protagonists who imagine one another across parallel dimensions. Each communicating to an envisioned other, who exists as a possibility beyond their self-perceived boundaries of reality, these two beings meet in a shared world of imagination. In this reciprocal reach for the unknown, a world that bears an uncanny resemblance to our contemporary reality – colonised by Western capitalist constructs of race, gender and class – opens a portal to another realm.
This other realm is where (Tending) (to) (Ta): Morning Offering takes place. As the opening scene, this segment introduces a new world to the viewer. In this world, each day begins with a few hours dedicated to extending an embodied presence and gratitude to Ta, and it is this daily practice which is shared with us in this video.
April has selected the film "Kaili Blues" (2015) by Bi Gan. An audacious, richly imagined feature debut that has collected prizes around the world, Kaili Blues heralds the arrival of a major new filmmaker. Chen, a preoccupied doctor working in a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, decides to fulfill his late mother’s wish and sets off on a journey to look for his brother’s abandoned child. His partner in the clinic, a lonely old lady, asks him to also find her former lover, giving him a photograph, a shirt, and a music cassette. On the way, Chen passes through a mysterious town where distinctions between past, present, and future appear to slip away.
We ask for a small payment of £3 to reserve your seat. 100% of proceeds will go to the Baesianz Fund where we actively support emerging artists and creators of Asian heritage.
Doors @7:00pm - Films Starts @7:30pm
Refreshments and snacks will be available at the venue.