Why and for whom do you film today?
Feature by: Alexis A. Tioseco
Tzu Nyen Ho
First - the 'why'.
It seems to me that the world today is a world of images. To work with images, to produce images is a way of engaging with the world. It seems to me that it will be absolutely catastrophic if images are left entirely in the domains of advertisements and propaganda, at the service of capitalism and political power.
Next, the 'for whom'.
On those rare days of elation, I like to believe that what I do engages the present - and my films might have be something useful for everyone alive at this very moment.
On lesser, and more common days, I hope that the films I make might one day find their proper audiences in the future - in those who are yet to come.
On darker days, I am faced with the possibility that I am making films simply as a way to save myself - in the hope that the principles upon which I construct my films have nothing in common with the world around us, a world of systemized stupidity, economic exploitation and political repression.
Ho Tzu Nyen is a filmmaker and visual artist from Singapore. He is the director of the films Utama: Every Name in History is I (2004), The Bohemian Rhapsody Project (2006), and Reflections (2007) and the upcoming feature-film Here (expected 2009).
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