Stories That Matter 2019: Myths | Snakeskin



By Daniel Hui

Singapore | 105min | 2014 | English | NC16

Post-screening discussion with Daniel Hui and Aishah Abu Bakar

  • Special Jury Prize, Torino Film Festival
  • Award of Excellence, New Asian Currrents, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Past, present and future are ingeniously compressed into an inventive offering that captures the ennui of modern day Singapore. In 2066, the lone survivor of a cult reviews footage of Singapore in 2014. The cult’s leader, a self-proclaimed reincarnation of Stamford Raffles, claimed that the footage was evil, and needed to be burnt.

As the footage plays, onscreen subjects living and dead reminisce about love, life and loss, their fragmented narration interwoven with stark reminders of how memory has been inscribed on or erased from the landscape. Full of slippages that call to question truth and fiction, myth and legend, Snakeskin is a genre-blending cinematic rumination on Singapore’s state of being,




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About Stories That Matter – Myths

Myths are as old as human civilisation. They inform, obfuscate and empower our most deep seated beliefs. This edition of Stories That Matter unpacks the role mythic tradition continues to play in our lives, through national, political and cultural narratives that shape our perception of the world.

Stories That Matter is an annual programme presented by Objectifs that looks at critical issues and trends in non-fiction visual storytelling.

Visit our website for information about the programme: objectifs.com.sg/storiesthatmatter2019


About the Director:

Addressing contentious historical episodes, the films of Daniel Hui (b.1986, Singapore) straddle between documentary and fiction, blurring the boundaries between institutional accounts, mythical narratives, oral testimonies, and personal memories. His films have been screened at various film festivals and museums including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2016); Singapore Art Museum (2015); and International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2010). Snakeskin (2014) received awards at the 2015 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, and at the Torino Film Festival, Italy in 2014. His latest film, Demons (2018), premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, South Korea.

About Aishah Abu Bakar:
Aishah Abu Bakar was previously the Programming Manager of Moving Images at The Substation. She was in charge of organising film screenings and related events, such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, the Experimental Film Forum, Singapore Indie Doc Fest, and First Take, a regular running local platform for first time filmmakers. She had previously been a film traffic coordinator for 2007 and 2009 editions of the Singapore International Film Festival, and has had a hand in television productions for Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia and Suria.

Aishah is currently Programme Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.


Header image: Snakeskin by Daniel Hui
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