On Memory / 关于记忆

By Liao Jiekai

Singapore | In Mandarin with English subtitles | 2021 | 34 min 20 sec | PG

 

On Memory is inspired by Stone, a collection of poems by writer and Cultural Medallion recipient Yeng Pway Ngon. The film touches on the remembrance of things past, and the director’s deep appreciation for the rituals of tomb-sweeping and his connection to his roots. 

Loosely autobiographical, the film features a protagonist who has  eschewed Qing Ming observances for two decades. However he  meets his future self at a cemetery much altered by mass exhumation. Guided only by vague memories, he and his future self revisit their family’s Qing Ming customs as they attempt to re-tell and recover a sense of history and self.

This film is also available for online viewing in Singapore, during the festival period 2-25 July 2021.

Liao Jiekai (b. 1984, Singapore) is a filmmaker and artist whose works have been exhibited at numerous arts spaces and international film festivals in Tokyo, Shanghai, Torino, Nantes, and Buenos Aires. He won the Best Director prize for his short film The Mist at the Singapore International Film Festival (2016), and the Special Jury Prize for his feature Red Dragonflies at the Jeonju International Film Festival (2010).

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