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젊은 활동가들Young Activists

  • Production Country : Singapore
  • Category : Ethnography, Social·political, History, Environment, Art&Culture
  • Original Language : English
  • Format : HD
  • Production Status : Pre-Production
  • Production Schedule : 09/2015~09/2017
  • Number of Episodes : 52min * 1episodes , 75min * 1episodes , 120min * 1episodes
Log Line

After a hiatus of more than 20 years, a new generation of young activists has emerged in Singapore.

Synopsis

Since the 1950s, hundreds of activists in Singapore have been imprisoned without trial, tortured, and silenced into submission. Young activists is a film about a young generation of activists who have emerged in Singapore after a break of more than 20 years.
On a first level, the story of the film is about the struggle of the activists with social injustice, with the personal sacrifices required for activist work, and with the subtle but also more pervasive techniques of control and surveillance.
On a second level, the film takes a critical look at the nature of activism itself. The film questions the activists on their motivations and assumptions, and on the methods and strategies used in their activists work. The film seeks to ask if activism is doomed to remain a marginal movement easily manipulated by external forces, or if activism can serve as the basis of truly radical change.
And on a third level, the film presents a view of contemporary Singapore society as it has never been seen or told before. The film goes beyond the cliché of a Singapore that is sanitized, but prosperous and corruption-free. On the contrary, the film shows how inequality and violence are imbedded in a system geared towards the pursuit of maximal profits at all costs. In this way, we go beyond the facade of office buildings and shopping complexes, into the dark and ambiguous zones of prostitution dens, slum-like dormitories, and other racial enclaves.
In short, Young Activists is not just a film about activism. This is a film about a city-state marked by contradictions and uneven development. And more crucially, Young Activists is also a film about the complexities of life, in particular, life as it confronts the limits placed upon it by law, by society, and by human indifference.

Director / Producer
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    Jason SOO(Director)

    Jason Soo is a graduate of visual and media arts from the University of Melbourne. He is an independent filmmaker and an adjunct lecturer in art history. In 1999, he was awarded First Prize at the “Jacques Derrida Exhibition and Prize” in Melbourne.

    His previous films include a 2008 documentary commissioned by the National Library Board on Singapore artist and Cultural Medallion Recipient Teo Eng Seng. His first narrative film titled A short film on The May 13 Generation premiered at the Freedom Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur in September 2014. This short film is based on historical events in 1954 Singapore, when 800 students occupied Chinese High School to seek exemption for classmates affected by a new conscription law. A short film on The May 13 Generation has since been screened as part of Freedom Film Festival in Penang and in Singapore. It has also been screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Singapore) and at the Cinemathèque Française (Paris) in June 2015.

  • jason soo01_b.jpg
    Jason SOO(Producer)

    Jason Soo is a graduate of visual and media arts from the University of Melbourne. He is an independent filmmaker and an adjunct lecturer in art history. In 1999, he was awarded First Prize at the “Jacques Derrida Exhibition and Prize” in Melbourne.

    His previous films include a 2008 documentary commissioned by the National Library Board on Singapore artist and Cultural Medallion Recipient Teo Eng Seng. His first narrative film titled A short film on The May 13 Generation premiered at the Freedom Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur in September 2014. This short film is based on historical events in 1954 Singapore, when 800 students occupied Chinese High School to seek exemption for classmates affected by a new conscription law. A short film on The May 13 Generation has since been screened as part of Freedom Film Festival in Penang and in Singapore. It has also been screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Singapore) and at the Cinemathèque Française (Paris) in June 2015.

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