Lockdown Cinema Club features short films from Southeast Asia

by Matthew Escosia
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Lockdown Cinema Club has announced the online release of SEA Delight, a one-week special screening of short films from Southeast Asia, programmed by film producer John Badalu. The films will be available until Friday, May 22.
The films featured are:
“Three Wheels” from Cambodia and France
Director: Neang Kavich
Synopsis: On a lonely night, tuk-tuk driver Nath meets a woman who reminds him of his past. When he returns home, he confesses to his wife that he wants to move. This realization will help them reveal unspoken realities of their marriage dating from the Khmer Rouge regime.
A Long Way Home from Laos,
Director: Xaisongkham Induangchanthy
Synopsis: The short film is  about a Lao American young man, James, who brings his father’s remains to Laos to fulfill his last wish – to return home. His mother keeps telling him to stay away from the relatives in a village to avoid being asked for money. He stays in a city until a stupa to house his father’s remains is completely built. One day, James’ relative, Joi, travels to town to look for him. They have to travel together on the Mekong River and endure each other’s differences.

“Lembusura” 
from Indonesia
Director: Wregas Bhanuteja
Synopsis: A rain of ashes fell in Java Island because of the eruption of Kelud Volcano. Houses, roads, trees, were covered by ashes. Some young men came to be aware of the myths about Lembusura Demon, a figure of stealth who lived in the volcano. They believed that the rain of ashes, was caused by Lembusura’s anger.
“It’s Easier to Raise Cattle” from Malaysia
Director: Amanda Nell Eu
Synopsis: The film tells the story of two teenage outcasts who form an uncanny friendship in their remote village. As one discovers the other’s dark secrets, she observes the changes in her new friend to the point of violence, monstrosity and affection.
“An Ordinary Marriage” from Myanmar
Director: Sein Lyan Tun
Synopsis: An ordinary Burmese wedding in an old suburb of Yangon is not what it seems. On the wedding day, an unexpected agreement between the bride, the groom and his sister threatens to unravel their relationships and their plans.

“Manila is Full of Men Named Boy” from the Philippines and USA
Director: Andrew Stephen Lee
Synopsis:
Manila, July 7, 2009. As Michael Jackson’s televised funeral plays throughout The Philippines despite terrorist attacks in the south, an estranged son purchases a child who can drink and smoke to impress his father. However, when the patriarch and his friends embrace the new child as one of their own, the question must be asked: what determines who is more valuable of attention?
“Between Us Two” from Singapore
Director: Tan Wei Keong
Synopsis: A gay son talks to his dead mother.

“Boonerm” from Thailand
Director: Sorayos Prapapan
Synopsis: Boonrerm is a housemaid who received weird orders everyday.
“Mother, Daughter, Dreams” from Vietnam
Director: Linh Duong
Synopsis: Phuong’s father vanishes one night after yet another quarrel with her mother. As the search for their man goes on, the two women find themselves trapped in the maze of their own unfinished dreams.
“Southeast Asia Region is often considered a blank spot in the film map”, once an important film festival director said to Johan Badalu as he shared with Lockdown Cinema Club. “I somehow agreed to that statement. But it doesn’t mean we are non-existent. More promising talents are emerging and it will just a matter of time for them to shine. The blank spot region is vibrant and full of little delights,” John Badalu added.  “This program brings not only an eclectic stories but also mostly the best work from recent time from each country. From mythical tale, superstition, comedy, family drama, urban landscape to horror and even animation. Enjoy these delightful visual pleasure and note down that these are the filmmakers to watch in the near future coming from the spot that is used to be blank.”
To access the films, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/lockdowncinemaclub/.
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