INVISIBLE PEOPLE: QUESTIONS OF IDENTITY AND BELONGING
- October 19, 2016
Pimpaka Towira’s road movie, Island Funeral, follows three young urban Thais from Bangkok to the troubled south of their country. Two of them, a brother and sister, are Muslim. Hong Kong director Chow Kwun-Wai’s segment of the five-director omnibus, Ten Years, posits a scenario in the future when a freedom movement has gained traction in the island city. Unusually, one of the young activists fighting for Hong Kong’s independence is of South Asian origin. In Boo Junfeng’s Singapore prison drama, Apprentice, the eponymous protagonist is a Muslim Malay. Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami follows the trials and travails of a young Afghan refugee living in Tehran. And in Royal Café, Tenzin Dasel, an exile Tibetan, explores the world of young Tibetans struggling to survive in Paris. These are the stories of our time, of economic migrants and political refugees, of the invisible other who has become irrevocably woven into the fabric of our increasingly multi-ethnic, multicultural societies. Exile Tibetan filmmaker and DIFF Co-director Tenzing Sonam brings together these five directors in a wide-ranging discussion about their disparate films and the unusual thread that links them.