Screening: River of Exploding Durians | Poetic Justice: Personalising Politics on Screen


Poetic Justice: Personalising Politics on Screen presents a series of contemporary fictional films from Southeast Asia and a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers of the works. Taking the notion of “poetic justice” as a point of departure, the session will take an interest in the intersections between fictional filmmaking and real-life political events in national histories.

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Programme Schedule

Saturday 5 August 2017
4:30pm - 7:00pm

River of Exploding Durians (Malaysia, 128 min)
Q&A with Edmund Yeo, director of River of Exploding Durians

About the Film

River of Exploding Durians

Edmund Yeo / 128 minutes / 2014 / Malaysia
Mandarin (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG13 (Some mature content)

When a rare earth plant is being built near a coastal town, its inhabitants fall into despair, fearful of its radioactive effects. Ming, a high school student, is indifferent towards the changes. All he cares about is spending idyllic afternoons with the childhood friend he secretly loves, Mei Ann. Meanwhile. Ming's history teacher, Ms. Lim, has started an activist group to protest against the construction. She recruits her favourite student, Hui Ling, to join her. Their idealism is severely tested. As the construction goes on, they are all drawn into a chain of events that changes their lives irrevocably.



An initiative by the Asian Film Archive, Reframe is a series that aims to bring together diverse audiences and the film community at large through an innovative range of programmes, encouraging dialogue and examining topics surrounding cinema and the moving image.

By asking the hard questions and re-looking at trends and issues critically, the series will construct meaningful frameworks that bring forth multi-perspective viewpoints and an increased appreciation of film and culture.

Organised by Asian Film Archive
Supported by The Arts House

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River of Exploding Durians

Sat Aug 5, 2017
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM SGT
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