NLB & SFS co-presents: The Way We Were film series
Film screening: 7pm
Q&A with filmmaker Eng Yee Peng: from 8pm
Diminishing Memories Part 1 (12 July Friday)
2005/ 50min / In English, Mandarin, Teochew with Chinese & English subtitles
Singapore’s economy is one of the strongest in Asia. However, has anyone contemplated what Singapore’s prosperity has been built on? Since 1960s, the government started resettling people from all over the country to make way for industrialisation. Decades have now passed and villages eventually replaced by tall buildings. Today, there are no more villages left in Singapore. What is at stake now is the living memories of village life in Singapore are dying. This film takes you on a personal journey with me, the filmmaker, to recollect jer childhood memories of living in Lim Chu Kang, a village that has already died and its spirit dispersed.
Diminishing Memories Part 2 (13 July Sat)
2008/49min/ In English, Mandarin, Teochew with Chinese & English subtitles
In order to re-capture her lost childhood, Eng Yee Peng sets out to make Diminishing Memories. Little did she know that this first film was actually unfinished when it was completed in 2005. The Singapore government’s latest plan to turn Lim Chu Kang into an agriculture-cum-entertainment attraction in 2006 is the motivation for the sequel- Diminishing Memories II. Hence, the director sets out to visit the current Lim Chu Kang farming community this time, and is forced to face the deepest fear in her heart. Find out how she learns to accept the much-changed Lim Chu Kang community and how the evolving times have also altered its spirit.
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