Through FilmLAB, CinemAsia offers up-and-coming directorial talents the chance to create short Asian diaspora films under the guidance of film professionals. This year’s theme is LOVE. At the end of 2016 ambitious projects for this year’s FilmLAB were selected. Under the professional guidance of Dutch filmmaker Jimmy Tai and FilmLAB producers Judith Mulder and Daan Vree the participants were given the opportunity to let their cinematic concepts come to fruiton.
NL | 2017 | 13 minutes | Documentary
Director: Enang Wattimena
Cast: Enang Wattimena, Jane Wattimena-Hanser
Enang is researching a family portrait taken in the former Dutch East Indies. His great-great-grand- mother is also shown on the photo, a woman from Aceh. His mother then tells him, this wasn’t the photograph they owned as a family. From the photo they owned his great-great-grandmother had been cut off. This sets off his quest to find his matriarch.
NL | 2017 | 10 minutes | Fiction
Director: Myrthe Nymph Wai
Cast: Frits Chung, Jenny Hsia
The 29-year-old Jeffrey Chen works as a shop assistant in a Chinese supermarket. His fiancé is the 26-year-old Annie Li, who comes from a traditional, wealthy Chinese family with strict parents. Struggling financially, Jeffrey does not have enough money to meet the demands of his parents-in-law.
This film is inspired by stories the filmmaker sees and hears from her own environment.
NL | 2017 | 9 min | Comedy
Director: Josscy Vallazza Aartsen
Cast: Tye Rhebok, Maylin van Putten, Caroline Bech, Frederik IJff, Rima Kawuwung
Based on a shared true story
“When a young Indonesian boy is playing at the house of his Dutch best girl friend and it is dinnertime, her mother has an unexpected surprise for him.”
Young Indonesian Ricky and Dutch Emma are best friends. When Ricky stays over at Emma’s house, they have great time playing. He is unpleasantly surprised when her mother doesn’t allow him to join them for dinner. Instead he has to wait on the couch. Both kids don’t really understand why this is the case and slowly realize that this is actually unacceptable.