Double Bill Screening: A Short Film on the May 13 Generation + The Return | Poetic Justice: Personalising Politics on Screen


Poetic Justice: Personalising Politics on Screen presents a series of contemporary fictional films from Southeast Asia and a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers of the works. Taking the notion of “poetic justice” as a point of departure, the session will take an interest in the intersections between fictional filmmaking and real-life political events in national histories.

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Programme Schedule

Sunday 6 August 2017
7:30pm - 9:30pm

A Short Film on the May 13 Generation (Singapore, 19 min)
The Return (Singapore, 83 min)
Q&A with Green Zeng, director of
The Return

About the Film

A Short Film on the May 13 Generation
Jason Soo / 19 minutes / 2014 / Singapore
Mandarin (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG13
*Double bill screening with The Return

Singapore, 1954. Students from Chinese middle schools seek exemption for classmates affected by a new conscription law. Their peaceful gathering is met with violence from the anti-riot squad. In June, 800 students occupy Chinese High School to continue their protest. For 3 weeks, the students conduct their own classes and organize themselves for communal living. Groups and committees are set up to take charge of recreation, food, laundry, sanitation, medicine, security, public relations, etc. The events of May and June 1954 served as a catalyst for the anti-colonial struggle and ultimately set Singapore on its road to independence.


The Return
Green Zeng / 83 minutes / 2015 / Singapore
Mandarin (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG13 (Some mature content)
*Double bill screening with A Short Film on the May 13 Generation

Wen, a political detainee, is released after many years of imprisonment. Arrested without trial for being an alleged communist, he returns, an old man, to an uneasy reunion with his children. Has his sacrifice come at too great a price? Wen also wanders through the city to see how his homeland has transformed into a shining metropolis. He is ready to move on but unforeseen circumstances force his journey to take a tragic turn.



An initiative by the Asian Film Archive, Reframe is a series that aims to bring together diverse audiences and the film community at large through an innovative range of programmes, encouraging dialogue and examining topics surrounding cinema and the moving image.

By asking the hard questions and re-looking at trends and issues critically, the series will construct meaningful frameworks that bring forth multi-perspective viewpoints and an increased appreciation of film and culture.

Organised by Asian Film Archive
Supported by The Arts House

Header image from
The Return

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Sun Aug 6, 2017
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM SGT
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