Our homage guest 2019
Welcome, Tan Pin Pin! This year, we are happy to welcome the Singapore born filmmaker as our homage guest.
In her films Tan Pin Pin questions the national identity of Singapore and it’s (not always official) history. Despite the well-known turbo-capitalism of the tiny island state, she encounters issues like the pressure to conform or xenophobia – to the frequent displeasure of the island nation’s ruling class. Her film TO SINGAPORE, WITH LOVE, a portrait of Singaporean citizens living in exile, is still not allowed to be shown in the city state to this day.
When the glamour of a nation headed for high development status becomes dazzling, Tan Pin Pin’s work is a reminder that there’s little chance for opposition in autocratically-governed Singapore. Tan Pin Pin persistently carries out remembrance work for a state in which no one is asked for their opinion and individual perspectives risk being smothered.
In its 62nd edition, DOK Leipzig honours Tan Pin Pins ouevre, showing her films in a Special Programme.
In addition, Tan Pin Pin will attend the festival in person and introduce us to her work in a master class on Friday, 1 November 2019.