SEASSI 2009 Film Series


Films will be shown every Tuesday night. 7:15 PM, B10 Ingraham Hall


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June 16: The Rebel (Dng Mu Anh Hng)

2007 Vietnamese directed by Charlie Nguyen and starring Johnny Tri Nguyen and Dustin Nguyen.


A martial arts film set in 1920s colonial Vietnam, featuring love, intrigue, betrayal, lots of explosions, punching, kicking, shooting, and an uncountable number of chases through the streets of Old Hanoi! A raging unstoppable river of butt-kicking! -New York Asian Film Festival


June 23: P

Introduced by Frank Smith:2005, directed by Paul Spurrier
The First Thai film written and directed by a non-Thai,


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Whilst growing up in rural Thailand, a young orphan girl is taught the ways of magic by her grandmother. But when grandmother falls sick, Dau is lured to Bangkok to find work so that she can buy medicine. She finds herself working in a go-go bar, and her journey from naiveté to maturity is swift. She uses the magical skills her grandmother taught her to her advantage, but in doing so makes enemies within the bar. As her magic gets darker, and the consequences increasingly horrific, she gradually loses control, and something evil takes over.



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June 30: Hmong Nyab Siab Zoo 2009 and Selected shorts by director Abel Vang.

Featured in the 2009 Wisconsin Film Festival, this first full length film by rising Hmong American filmmaker Abel Vang


After the death of Lady Va Cha’s husband and two sons, she returns to the northern lands of her husband’s clan. Of her two daughters-in-law, one decides to follow her into a marginal village existence in a steeply patriarchal society. Inspired by the biblical story of Ruth, Nyab Siab Zoo (The Good-hearted Daughter) is a tale of two widows bound by loss and love.





July 7: Bilibid Gays

Filipino (1981)


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Helen (Tito Sotto), Dina (Vic Sotto) and Daria (Joey de Leon) are friends trying to live normal lives. While struggling to find new ways to earn a living, the three friends find themselves framed for the murder of their former boss. Failing to prove their innocence, Helen, Dina and Daria are arrested and sent to Bilibid prison where they become caught up in a war between two gangs of rowdy prisoners. After a series of misadventures Helen, Dina and Daria spend their jail time as peacemakers between two gangs. Will the three gay friends ever get rid of trouble when it seems to love their company?



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July 14: Rindu Kami Pada-Mu (Of Love and Eggs)

2004. Indonesia. Directed by Garin Nugroho. With Sakurta H. Ginting, Putri Mulia. Set mostly in the Jakarta market. The film's energy, overlapping action, and dialogue engagingly reflect the communal lifestyle of many Indonesian groups. The narrative, played out during the Muslim holiday of Lebaran in gentle comedic style, involves three young children, eggs, a prayer rug, a mosque's cupola, and the universal longing for love and belonging. In Bahasa Indonesian, English subtitles. 90 min



July 21: Les Artistes du Théâtre Brûlé

Khmer 2005 French-Cambodian docudrama directed and co-written by Rithy Panh.

Publicity poster for film Les Artistes du Théâtre Brûlé

A blend of fact and fiction, based on the actual lives of the actors, the film depicts a troupe of actors and dancers struggling to practice their art in the burned-out shell of Cambodia's former national theatre, the Preah Suramarit National Theatre in Phnom Penh.



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July 28: Burma VJ

A newly released award-winning documentary directed by Anders stergaard. This very special film shows a rare inside look into the 2007 uprising in Myanmar known as the Saffron Revolution through the cameras of the independent journalist group, Democratic Voice of Burma.

August 4: S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

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In 1975-79, the Khmer Rouge waged a campaign of genocide on Cambodia's population. 1.7 million Cambodians lost their lives to famine and murder as the urban population was forced into the countryside to fulfill the Khmer Rouges' dream of an agrarian utopia. In S21, Panh brings two survivors back to the notorious Tuol Sleng prison (code-named "S21"), now a genocide museum where former Khmer Rouge are employed as guides. Painter Vann Nath confronts his former captors in the converted schoolhouse where he was tortured, though by chance he did not suffer the fate of most of the other 17,000 men, women and children who were taken there, their "crimes" meticulously documented to justify their execution. The ex-Khmer Rouge guards respond to Nath's provocations with excuses, chilling stoicism or apparent remorse as they recount the atrocities they committed at ages as young as 12 years old. To escape torture, the prisoners would confess to anything, and often denounce everyone they knew - though their final sentence was never in doubt.

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Please direct any questions to the SEASSI Program Coordinator:

Jinda Moore
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
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