Perspectives Film Festival, Singapore’s first and longest student-run film festival, returns for its twelfth edition later this month.

The film festival will run from Oct 24 to 27 at the newly-opened Oldham Theatre, housed in the restored National Archives of Singapore building at 1 Canning Rise.

The theme for Perspectives this year is ‘Crossroads’, and audiences are invited to witness traditional notions of what it means to be at an intersection, and how they are deconstructed and redefined.

Opening film For Sama (2019, Dir. Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts) centres on a female insider’s look into president Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Aleppo, Syria.

The film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while conflict rises around her.

Hailed an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war, the film won the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival 2019.

Closing the festival is Vai, directed by nine female filmmakers from various South Pacific islands who came together to map out the life of a woman, from a playful child to a wise great-grandmother.

The film premiered at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. This screening is supported by the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore.

“Perspectives Film Festival is the perfect casual weekend activity for anyone who is looking to learn more about the world through outstanding films,” said festival co-director Danelia Chim.

“We are proud to provide a festival for independent, uncensored films that people can look forward to.”

Pespectives is organised by students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as part of a module conducted by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

Held annually since 2008, Perspectives is the first and longest-running student-run film festival in Singapore.

Other films in the lineup include American comedy Night On Earth (1991), Japanese drama After Life (1998), British-Indian romance drama The River (1951), Mexican drama Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976) and French sci-fi film The Creatures (1966).

Standard tickets are priced at S$13 and are are available through www.perspectivesfilmfestival.com, with concessions for students, senior citizens aged 55 and above, NSFs, SFS Film Addicts, and PAssion Card members.

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