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VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

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Southeast Asia is rich in its diversity of ethnic, religious and cultural composition. The region has maintained the coexistence of such diversity while at the same time achieving economic progress and becoming a hub for the flow of people, goods, money and information. Yet at present, the region is also confronted with serious issues such as the decrease of biodiversity and tropical forests, disasters, pandemics, aging population, ethnic and religious conflicts, economic differentiation and poverty.

The Visual Documentary Project was set up in 2012 by Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University to make use of visual forms of expression and documentaries to complement academic literature on Southeast Asian societies, promote the richness of cultures in the region and build bridges between academia and documentary filmmakers. Since 2012, it has featured documentaries from and by Southeast Asian filmmakers on contemporary issues in the region, such as urban life, politics and everyday life, human flows, people and nature, and care and aging and urban life. Since 2014, the Japan Foundation Asian Center has been a partner in organizing this event.

The selected documentaries from 2012 to 2017 can be viewed online at the following URL.
https://vdp.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/archives/

2017

2017 Visual -Documentary-Project
Photo by Toru Hiraiwa

In 2017, we called for short documentary films under the theme of "Urban Life in Southeast Asia ". For the third consecutive year from 2015, Cambodian director Rithy Panh participated as a screening committee member, and five successful works were selected carefully by the committee. The films were screened in Kyoto and Tokyo. Directors and their crew members were invited to Japan in accordance with the screening, and they conducted discussions with the commentators.

Theme Urban Life in Southeast Asia

Application submission period June 1 – September 1, 2017

Numbers of Submission 103

Screening Committee Members

  • Rithy Panh
    Filmmaker, Co-founder of Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
  • Kenji Ishizaka
    Programming Director, “Asian Future” section at Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)
  • Hiromu Shimizu
    Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University
  • Yoko Hayami
    Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
  • Hiroyuki Yamamoto
    Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

Selected Works
(1)White Egret(Malaysia)
(2)Nostalgia Senja(Reminiscences of the Dusk)(Indonesia)
(3)Don't Know Much About ABC(Cambodia)
(4)Yangon, the City Where We Live(Myanmar)
(5)Timbre(Tip-off)(Philippine)

Event Details
VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT 2017

Official Website
https://vdp.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/

2016

2016 Visual -Documentary-Project
Photo by Toru Hiraiwa

Theme Politics in Everyday Life in Southeast Asia

Application submission period June 1 – September 1, 2016

Numbers of Submission 75

Screening Committee Members

  • Rithy Panh
    Filmmaker, Co-founder of Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
  • Kenji Ishizaka
    Programming Director, "Asian Future" section at Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)
  • Hiromu Shimizu
    Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
  • Yoko Hayami
    Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

Selected Works
(1)Women of the Forest(Malaysia)
(2)Mother & Son(Myanmar)
(3)60 Days(Myanmar)
(4)Vein(Myanmar)

Director Nutcha Tantivitayapitak's film "Mr. Zero"(Thailand) was selected for this year's Visual Documentary Project. However, due to unexpected circumstances, the screening of this film and talk discussion were cancelled.

Event Details
https://jfac.jp/en/culture/events/visual-documentary-project-16121517/

Official Website
http://www-archive.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/sea-sh/en/vdp2016/

2015

2015年度 Visual -Documentary-Project 受賞者
Photo by Yoshio Kumagai

Theme Human Flows –Movement in Southeast Asia-

Application submission period July 1 – December 20, 2015

Numbers of Submission 47

Screening Committee Members

  • Rithy Panh
    Filmmaker, Co-founder of Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
  • Kenji Ishizaka
    Programming Director, "Asian Future" section at Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)
  • Hiromu Shimizu
    Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
  • Yoko Hayami
    Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

Selected Works
(1)Michael's(Thailand)
(2)Dedicated to Grandpa Dieu(Vietnam)
(3)Fragile(Malaysia)
(4)My Leg(Myanmar)
(5)A Political Life(Myanmar)

Official Website
http://www-archive.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/sea-sh/en/vdp2015/

2014

VISUAL-DOCUMENTARY-PROJECT 2014 VDP

Theme People and Nature in Southeast Asia

Application submission period June 1 – October 21, 2014

Numbers of Submission 60

Screening Committee Members

  • Kenji Ishizaka
    Programming Director, "Asian Future" section at Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)
  • Hiromu Shimizu
    Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
  • Yoko Hayami
    Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

Selected Works
(1)Echoes from the hill(Thailand)
(2)The Silence of the Summer(Vietnam)
(3)My Grandpa's Route has been forever blocked(Thailand)
(4)More than a Tree(Myanmar)
(5)The Last generation(Indonesia)

Official Website
http://www-archive.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/sea-sh/vdp2014/