These films are a form
These films are a form of silent demonstration.
The country’s landmarks are in peril. Modernist megastructures People’s Park and Golden Mile, structures of post-war aspiration and ideology, are on the chopping block.
In what can only be described as a chronic demolition complex, Singapore has altered its coast-and-sky lines, defaced and rezoned nature, redeveloped living spaces, and torn down inefficient ones—all to feed capitalism’s insatiable appetite.
Like a serpent eating its own tail, the legacies of countless landmarks have been eroded in exchange for upward mobility and tourist theme parks. Are structures with potential capital gain the only ones worth saving?
The films in this block demonstrate how land and infrastructural changes affect people—our psychology, philosophy, and way of life. They remind us that the identity of community is inextricable from its environment. They prove that there is soul in the most concrete of buildings, and beauty in the complexes of dreams they contain.
Friday, 21 July
7.15–10pm: (Opening Film) Aquarius [R21]
Saturday, 28 July
4.30–6.30pm: Western [PG13]
7.30–9pm: Land and Shade [PG]
Sunday, 29 July
11.30am–9.15pm: West of the Tracks [PG13]*
*Wang Bing’s nine-hour opus, West of the Tracks is a free screening. Guests are welcome to wander in, out, and down… to our new SAD basement bar for sustenance.
27 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 29 (Sunday) 9:00 pm
The Substation theatre
45 Armenian St, Singapore 179936