Friday, September 13, 2013

Event: Film Screening and Q&A with Film-makers of I Love Malaya

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a film screening and Q&A with film-makers of I Love Malaya on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

In 2005, an 81-year-old man sued the Malaysian government for denying him entry into the country of his birth. Chin Peng was the leader of the Malayan Communist Party, which waged the longest and most difficult war lasting more than 30 years, first to overthrow the British colonial government and then against the Malaysian state.

When peace was finally secured in 1989, more than 200 guerillas returned to Malaysia. But Chin Peng was not one of them. In fact there are many like him who have remained in southern Thailand, as stateless aliens, unable to step foot into the country they had given their lives fighting for.

I Love Malaya documents five young Singaporeans’ exploration of their country’s communist past, spurred by the court case of the former leader of the Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, and the silence surrounding this period of history. Their journey began in April 2005 when Chin Peng’s court case first surfaced in Penang, Malaysia. Intrigued by the man and his legacy, they sought to meet with the former guerilla leader. They contacted his publisher, tracked down his family in Singapore and Sitiawan, and subsequently visited his former comrades in the villages of southern Thailand.

In putting together the documentary, they realised that their focus was not a search for Chin Peng or an attempt to chronicle the history of the Malayan Communist Party. Instead, it was to tell the stories of people left behind in the wash of history because of the choices they made. These people might be our uncles, aunties, fathers or grandmothers who had given their lives for a cause they had believed in.

This documentary first premiered in Singapore in November 2006. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with three of the five film-makers of this documentary.

For more background information on the film, please refer to the website:

About the Film-makers
Christopher Len is an academic based in Singapore doing research on Asia.

Wang Eng Eng is a television director/producer who has worked on documentaries for both local and international networks. I Love Malaya was her first independent documentary film.

Eunice Lau, a former journalist, is a graduate film student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her film on Somalia's conflict, Through the Fire, was nominated for a student oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Film Rating: PG
Admission is Free. No Registration Required.

Date and Time
Saturday, 21st September 2013

Select Books, 51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319

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