The ever-changing landscape of Singapore takes away cultural buildings for the greater good, but sometimes this affects certain groups adversely. Just take a look at Rochor Centre, and how plans for its demolition has affected its community.
This 27 – 29 July 2018, The Substation will be hosting their very own Film Fest that depicts the impact that such a changing cityscape has on individuals. On The Block is a silent protest and a hushed demonstration of our fast-paced city lives.
To plant the seeds of rebellion, the festival will feature three films, with Aquarius (2016) opening the event on 27 July. Day Two will feature Land And Shade (2015) while the last day will close off with a nine-hour documentary, West Of The Tracks (2002).
Set in Brazil, Aquarius (2016) follows a local senior citizen who has been ‘evicted’ through en bloc. The protagonist, Clara, undergoes mental torment struggling to let go of her emotions and heartfelt memories attached to her living space.
This film will definitely give you an insight into the conflicts our local citizens face when older buildings such as Pearl Centre and the Mackenzie Rex Cinemas are torn down to make way for newer infrastructures.
If you plan to join this low-key revolution or you’d just like to find out more about the affected individuals facing en bloc, this film fest will give you a better perspective!
Dates & Times: 27 – 29 July 2018, 7.15 pm – 10pm (Day One), 4.30pm – 9pm (Day Two), 11.30am – 9.15pm (Day Three)
Prices: S$12 per film, free admission on the closing day
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