True Colors Film Festival 2020 offers remastered Filipino classic, other award-winning films

SINGAPORE — True Colors Film FestivalΒ (TCFF) runs online from 3 to 12 December 2020. Offering 30 award-winning features and short films from 15 countries including the Philippines, it is presented by The Nippon Foundation. All the films — about shared human experiences such as connection, hope, dreams, and transformation – can be streamed for free.

Rediscovered and restored films

The Chess Game of the WindΒ (1976; Iran), screened only twice in ’76 and presumed lost after the 1979 Iranian revolution, it was accidentally discovered in a junk shop in 2014 by the children of filmmaker Mohammed Reza Aslani. Still banned in Iran, it was smuggled into Paris, where restoration work was overseen by Martin Scorsese’s non-profit organization, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. A family tale about a paraplegic heiress and predatory men.

MoralΒ (1982; Philippines) is by Marilou DΓ­az-Abaya, known for her ability to spotlight socio-political issues from a feminist perspective. Restored by ABS-CBN in 2017 as part of a project to digitally remaster select Filipino films,Β MoralΒ is about four women dealing with issues like rape, abortion and sexual freedom in a patriarchal society.

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Award-winning films

ListenΒ (2020; Portugal/United Kingdom), Portugal’s Oscar Entry for Best International Film and winner of seven awards at the Venice Film Festival 2020. Migrant struggles, judgments and best intentions gone wrong.

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MentalΒ (2008; Japan/United States), winner of Best Documentary, Busan International Film Festival, and Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival. The complex world of a mental health clinic in Japan and the lives of its patients and staff.

Darkness and LightΒ (1999; Taiwan), multiple awards including Tokyo Grand Prix, Tokyo Film Festival 1999, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing, Golden Horse Film Festival 1999. A tale of love and blindness.

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TCFF’s launch date, December 3, coincides with International Day of Persons with Disability.

In acknowledgement of the more than 1 billion people in the world living with disability, TCFF also presents a selection of themed films: 37 SecondsΒ (2019; Japan), about a young comic book artist with cerebral palsy, and how she navigates disability while building a career in the adult manga industry;Β A Long Journey for the FirstΒ StepsΒ (2017; Slovenia), the experiences of Palestinian child victims of war in Gaza and their rehabilitation;Β ElsewhereΒ (2015; Italy), the thoughts of a person with Down Syndrome;Β Over the HorizonΒ (2017; Russia), a blind photographer and traveler who shares his world with sighted people;Β Stand By MeΒ (2020; Singapore), 46 artists around the world performing a stirring rendition of the Ben E. King hit at the height of the global Covid-19 pandemic; andΒ The Soul of Sophanna’s SongΒ (2017; Cambodia), one man’s will to live and serve against incredible odds.

Streaming TCFF

Feature films can be streamed viaΒ The Projector PlusΒ —Β sign upΒ for free. Features are available to viewers in most Asia-Pacific countries.

Stream the Short films onΒ True Colors Film Festival on Vimeo.

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