Taiwanese film ‘Panay’ will open the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) on 26 November 2015.
Directed by inter-ethnic duo Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekai Sumi, the movie casts an eye on Taiwan’s indigenous tribes’ current predicaments on land rights.
The movie follows Panay (Ado’ Kaliting Pacidal) who works as a journalist in the city, leaving her two children to her father back in an aboriginal village on the east coast of Taiwan. When her father falls ill, Panay goes back home. Seeing their land being bought up by the developers and water drying up in their fields, Panay decides to stay and to revive the traditional rice terrace in her village.
Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival, the film marks the screen debut of singer-songwriter Pacidal, award-winning actor Bokeh Kosang as well as first-time actors including Dongi Kacaw and Rahic Kulas.
'Panay' (Wawa No Cidal)
“We were moved by the beauty and spirit of ‘Panay’; its powerful message around preserving and fighting for what we hold close to our hearts resonates with what we believe and stand for as a festival – to tell Asia’s story through film,” said SGIFF executive director Yuni Hadi.
The 10-day festival runs from 26 November to 6 December, taking place across various venues, including Marina Bay Sands.
The other screening venues are National Museum of Singapore, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, The Projector and The Substation.
Among the films chosen this year are two Singapore classics ‘Mee Pok Man’ and ‘Bugis Street Redux’. The full list of films will be announced at a later date.
Ticket sales for SGIFF will begin end October 2015.