Asian Film Focus 2016 | Dialogue Session: “When you grow up, your heart dies” – Cinematic representations of youth across the ages


“When you grow up, your heart dies” – Cinematic representations of youth across the ages”

Looking across generations, this dialogue session will focus on the changing depictions of youth in cinema and its correlation to societal trends, starting with iconic American teen films from the 1980s such as The Breakfast Club, to dystopian cult titles like Battle Royale. How have depictions evolved over time, and are there characteristics of the experience of youth that persist?

Panelists: Vanessa Yun (South Korea), Ghazi Alqudcy (Singapore), Choi Byungkwon (South Korea), Ng Chak Hang (Hong Kong)

Moderated by: Silke Schmickl, Curator/Manager (Programmes), Institute of Contemporary Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts

About the Asian Film Focus

Asian Film Focus (AFF) presents cutting edge films based on a thematic approach from the region. With screenings and dialogue sessions with Asian programmers and filmmakers, the programme strives to promote dialogue and exchange between players in the Asian independent film industries, their audiences, and their peers.

This year, AFF will feature films from South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. To find out more about the programme, click here:

Theme: Youth Today

Situated in the transitional period between childhood and adulthood, many Asian youths today live in environments saturated with media and technology that are also bound by traditional attitudes. As such, we hope to explore ideas about what it means to be a youth in an Asian society at present. What are their aspirations and fears? Do youths today share the same concerns as previous generations? What is the impact of Asia’s obsession with youth? Through looking at the differences and similarities of youth culture across Asian societies, the programme hopes to then connect to broader issues and concerns in contemporary Asia.

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Sat Sep 10, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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