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A documentary by Dorothée Lorang and David Beautru
Rating: To be advised
Running Time: 52 mins
Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)
Thursday, 17 May 2018
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Level 16, The Pod, National Library Building
For access to The Pod, please proceed to the lift lobby opposite the information counter at Level 1.
Join us on 17 May 2018 for the Singapore premiere of Hikikomori, a deafening silence, followed by a discussion with Ray Chua, a clinical psychologist from the National University Hospital of Singapore.
There are between 600,000 to a million youths in Japan who isolate themselves in their bedrooms and withdraw from all social interaction for several years. These youths, known as hikikomori, are renounced in Japanese society as the “lost generation”. The film follows some of these youths in a rehabilitation centre set up to help them reintegrate into society as well as to understand the reasons behind their reclusive behaviour.
Free admission. Registration is required.
The Alt Screen series features Asian cinematic stories that offer critical perspectives and interpretations of global issues. In this third edition, Alt Screen: On Phenomena explores occurrences, trends, habits and routines through documentaries that examine the impact of specific issues affecting modern societies.
About the Speaker
Ray Chua is a practicing clinical psychologist at the National University Hospital of Singapore. He is the team leader of the Resource and Early Assessment and Intervention for Community Mental Health (REACH) West Zone Service and works with school children and adolescents to overcome their mental health challenges. He has a special interest in video-game addiction and has nine years of experience in this field. He is also the author of Virtual Realms Real Needs: Guiding Your Children in a World of Videogames.
He was the organiser and speaker of the Hikikomori-Hidden Youth Syndrome Roundtable and Symposium 2017 supported by Mind-Science Centre, Singapore. He has previously held positions at TOUCH Cyber Wellness, ITE (College East) and PSA Corporation.