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13 September 2019: Aperture: Snakeskin


Daniel Hui, 2014, 105 min

Hui’s acclaimed second feature is a fascinating interrogation of Singapore’s mythic narratives of national history and collective identity. Purporting to be old film footage from 2014, as pieced together by the survivor of a cult in 2066, Snakeskin weaves together a series of individual reflections on Singaporean class and society and the nation’s film industry, to present an unsettling psychogeography of the contemporary city-state. Reminiscent of the work of Chris Marker, this hypnotic essay film reveals the ghosts of oppression and control that haunt present day Singapore.

This screening is a part of Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival’s focus on Singaporean experimental filmmaker Daniel Hui taking place throughout London this month.