The fifth ASIAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Film Festival opened in Singapore on Tuesday (28 October).
The fifth ASIAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Film Festival opened in Singapore on Tuesday (28 October). With Singapore the host country for the festival, one of the first films viewed was "The New Woman" entered by Radio and Television Singapore.
The 30 minute documentary focuses on the changing role of women in Singapore in International Women's year. The second film is "The Sporting Way" entered by the Singapore National Council. It stresses the importance Singapore places on sport and recreation.
The films are two of the nine documentary and eight feature films being presented by five countries for the festival, which ends on Saturday (1 November). Singapore's feature film entry is dramatically titled "Crime Does not Pay".
Indonesia is presenting two documentaries and two features, as are the Philippines. Malaysia and Thailand are each presenting two documentaries and one feature.
The Festival is a non-competitive event. Its aim is to promote cultural links between the people of the ASIAN countries. The first Festival was held in the Philippines in 1971. Subsequent festivals were held in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.