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Alt Screen: Of Animalia – Mothers (Singapore Premiere)

Published on : 13 Feb 2017

Alt Screen: Of Animalia –  Mothers (Singapore Premiere)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 
7.00pm – 9.30pm 
Level 16, The Pod
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
For access to the Pod, please proceed to lift lobby opposite the information counter.

A documentary by Xu Huijing
Rating: PG13
Advisory: Some Mature Content
Running time: 68 min
                                                               Language: Mandarin (with English subtitles)

Join us on 8 March for the premiere screening of Mothers followed by a post-screening discussion with Associate Prof Bussarawan (Puk) Teerawichitchainan from Singapore Management University.

Set in 2012, the supervising township office in a northern Chinese village expects sterilisation cases to double even though there are not many women left to sterilise. To meet the quota, some desperate officers are determined to send reluctant mothers who have not been sterilised to the operating table. This documentary sheds insight into the real and lasting impact of state-enforced family planning within rural China.
Mothers received the Special Mention award at the 20th Sheffield International Documentary Festival and competed in the 14th Jeonju International Film Festival.

The National Library and the Asian Film Archive are proud to present Alt Screen: Of Animalia - a series showcasing Asian cinematic stories that examine the complex interactions between people and their relationship with animals (or other people). These stories capture the biological, animalistic instincts of modern man, and enable an understanding of humanity.

About the Speaker
Bussarawan (Puk) Teerawichitchainan is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean (Research & Program Development) at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU). She received her PhD from the University of Washington and is currently a Shirin Fozdar fellow at SMU. She was also a fellowship recipient of Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and the Population Council. Her research interests include social demography, the life course and aging, population health, inequality, and sociology of family. She conducts research on these topics in the context of Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. 

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