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Southeast Asia Film at 2018 AAS Annual Conference

These films will be screening at the 2018 Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference. We have also compiled a list of SEA panels and papers at the conference.

Democracy Road (Myanmar, 2017, 60 minutes)

Still from Democracy Road (2017)

Directed by Turid Rogne

Distributed by Icarus Films

Thursday, March 22 3:35 PM – 4:35 PM Location: Taft, Mezzanine Level

After more than 20 years in exile in Norway, the Burmese journalists of DVB are returning to their homeland to establish their independent news station there. Editor-in-chief Aye Chan Naing and reporter Than Win Htut have dreamt about this for years, but their struggle for freedom and democracy is not over yet.

Out Run (Philippines, 2016, 57 minutes)

Out Run (2016) poster

Directed by S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons

Distributed by New Day Films

Thursday, March 22 4:45 PM – 5:41 PM Location: Taft, Mezzanine Level

This screening will feature online Q&A with Director Johnny Symons.

Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the dynamic leaders of the world’s only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress. Culminating on election day, Out Run provides a unique look into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.

The Man Who Built Cambodia (Cambodia, 2017, 37 minutes)

The Man Who Built Cambodia promo image

Directed by Christopher Rompré

Produced by Haig Balian and Christopher Rompré

Distributed by the filmmakers

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Saturday, March 24 9:25 AM – 10:02 AM Location: Taft, Mezzanine Level

This screening will feature online Q&A with Director & Producer Christopher Rompré.

This film explores the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia’s turbulent journey as a modern nation. In Cambodia’s post-independence period, Molyvann had been at the center of a renaissance, developing a distinctive architectural style, New Khmer Architecture. Returning in the 1990s, Molyvann is marginalized from public life and many of his works are destroyed or neglected.

Sittwe (Burma, 2017, 20 minutes)


Directed by Jeanne Hallacy. Produced by Myo Win.

Distributed by Kanopy.

Saturday, March 24 11:05 AM – 11:25 AM Location: Taft, Mezzanine Level

This screening will feature online Q&A with Director Jeanne Hallacy

Sittwe is about two teenagers separated by conflict and segregation in Burma’s Rakhine state, Phyu Phyu Than, a Rohingya girl and Aung San Myint, a Buddhist boy. Filmed over two years, the teenagers share their ideas about each other’s communities and the hope of reconciliation. Sittwe was awarded Best Short Film at its premiere at the Freedom Film Festival 2017 in Malaysia.