Q&A chat session on Mar 24, 2021

Bread and Belonging A film by Sonia Filinto.
2020. India. 50 minutes. 
Country/region featured: India 

Q&A chat session with Sonia Filinto.
Wed, 03/24/2021 - 10:00a EST 

As Goa, India’s smallest state, comes to grip with growing migration, three stories unfold around pão, Goa’s unique bread. Stories of people dealing with migration, changing culture and the ever present need to earn a living. 

Distributed by Street Katha. 
www.breadandbelonging.com 

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A Virgin Vote: In a Time of a Pandelection 
A film by Udan Fernando.
2020. Sri Lanka. 12 minutes. 
Country/region featured: Sri Lanka 

Q&A chat session with Udan Fernando.
Wed, 03/24/2021 - 10:30a EST 

A 53-year-old man arrives at the voting booth for the first time in his life, to vote for an election of the country that he holds dear to him. He crosses the ballot card with a fervent hope and resolve that his country deserves an overall transformation, including a new constitution, new leadership that drives the country towards progress and a fresh political culture that unites the people towards progress. Upon casting his maiden vote, he goes for a stroll to discover an area he had not hitherto seen in his own neighborhood and of himself. He wonders if the vote he just casted is by chance or choice. Perplexed by this question and lost in a labyrinth of newly discovered neighborhood and his own thoughts on democracy, motherland and patriotism, he fumbles to find his way back home. A story of one man's self-discovery and his quest to find his political self in a climate of uncertainty amidst forces of misfortune and misery created by the recent pandemic. 

Distributed by ROAR Global.
www.roar.global 

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A is for Agustin 
A film by Grace Pimentel Simbulan.
2019. Philippines. 73 minutes. 
Country/region featured: Zambales, Philippines 

Q&A chat session with Grace Pimentel Simbulan. 
Wed, 03/24/2021 - 11:30a EST 

Living in a remote corner of the Philippine islands, Agustin is a tribesman who loves to sing, but never had the opportunity to learn to read or write. When his boss cheats him out of his wages seemingly for the thousandth time, 40-year old Agustin decides to enroll in grade 1. Over the next six years, however, Agustin becomes increasingly torn between two realities –the children’s world in school, and the increasing challenges of the world outside. Presented in an immersive style, the film invites audiences to hope and dream with Agustin, and to understand the harsh reality that makes his optimism —and the optimism of many indigenous in his situation —ultimately so fragile. 

Distributed by the filmmaker. 
http://www.aisforagustinfilm.com/ 

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Half Widow 
Directed by Danish Renzu. Written by Gaya Bhola and Danish Renzu. Produced by Gaya Art Films & Renzu Films. 
2019. India. 91 minutes.
Country/region featured: Kashmir

Q&A chat session with Gaya Bhola and Rhonda Leal.
Wed, 03/24/2021 - 1:30p EST 

Amid the backdrop of the Kashmiri conflict, a young woman must come to grips with the disappearance of her doting husband and embarks on a harrowing journey of self-discovery. 

Distributed by Rock on Music, UK.
https://www.rockonmusicuk.com/about-us 

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Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings -The Documentary 
A film by Nezia AZMI. Produced by Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i.
2018. United States. 78 minutes. 
Country/region featured: Indonesia, Bali

Q&A chat session with Nezia AZMI.
Wed, 03/24/2021 - 4:30p EST 

In conjunction with the 2020 Kennedy Theatre wayang listrik production of the Last King of Bali, this documentary on the 2015-2016 Balinese wayang listrik production of Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings, showcases the unique Asian Theatre Program at the University of Hawai‘i. The film takes a viewer through the 4-month process of rehearsals and training to produce a professional award-winning theatre production with a primarily student cast and crew and a core team of Balinese guest artists. The majority of the cast had not studied any Balinese performance nor had ever been to Bali. 

Distributed by Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i.
https://www.cseashawaii.org/projects/theatre-performances/wayang-listrik/ 

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Wild Honey: Caring for Bees in a Divided Land 
A film by Lisa Palmer.
2019. Australia. 30 minutes. 
Country/region featured: Timor-Leste and Indonesia border

Q&A chat session with Lisa Palmer.
Wed, 03/24/2021 - 5:30p EST 

For more than a century, the island of Timor has been divided by a colonial border, a border that has displaced and separated the people of Lookeu, dividing their land, water and history. Timor’s migratory wild honey bees challenge this division. This film portrays a border community who, despite changing farming practices and increasing commodification, are determined to maintain the bees’ movement across the region and preserve their shared identity. 

Distributed by Ronin Films. 
http://www.roninfilms.com.au/ 

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