Death often comes unexpectedly - what happens the day before is usually ordinary. Documenting the last day of six individuals in Bangkok, Die Tomorrow combines their stories with documentary-like interview footage, news reports, sound recordings, statistics and archive material. Yet, the film celebrates the present in all its small and ordinary moments, presenting a sweet, melancholic and philosophical reflection on fate and the ephemerality of life.
The film programme for SIFA 2018, curated by the Asian Film Archive, features an international selection of exceptional new works celebrating independent voices across the world. From the adversity of fictive or real-life icons to the positions of the marginalised, the constellation of films hopes to respond to the general sentiment of the festival programming with ideas revolving around the notion of resistance and the experience of the individual.
Continuing the trend from past SIFA film programmes, this individualism can also be experienced and translated on screen through the singular visions embodied by the filmmakers. Valuing the ingenious and the risk-taking in cinema, Singular Screens hopes not only to be diverse in representation but bold in putting together its palette of cinematic adventures. Whether as illustrations of resilience, peculiarity or the extraordinary, the films and their characters will continue to project imagined futures and aspire for alternate possibilities amid larger circumstances.