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Fri Mar 29 2013, 7:30pm

Where: SAM @ 8Q , 8 Queen Street, Bras Basah, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • PG13: $9.00
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Featuring a post-screening discussion with director Kan Lume

In this docudrama, a girl survives a suicide attempt and journeys to Ayers Rock to find healing. Featuring an intense performance from one actor in the Australian outback, this film powerfully portrays a person recovering from the brink of disaster and finding salvation. Liberta was awarded a Special Jury Prize at Cinema Digital Seoul in 2012.

Filmmaker Kan Lume’s debut feature, The Art of Flirting, was the winner of the Best ASEAN Feature at the Malaysian Video Awards 2005. His second film Solos (2006) and fourth films Female Games (2009) have not been released in Singapore as they are not able to be shown uncut. His third feature Dreams from the Third World (2008) received the MovieMax Award at Cinema Digital Seoul 2008. He is also the director of many short films, as well as television programmes.

Director’s Statement:
Sometime ago, I was living in Australia together with my wife who went there to study painting. A month before we left, I had a vision. The sweltering Singapore heat probably had something to do with it. I saw in my mind’s eye a girl, alone in the outback, searching for water. I questioned what I was seeing. Why was she alone? What was she doing in the outback? Would she survive? These questions remained unanswered and I forgot all about the vision.

Several months later, I was living in Sydney when I suddenly received an email from Faye, a stranger. She said she was an actress living in LA and that she had seen my films and wanted to work with me. I told her I was busy and taking a break from filmmaking. She persisted for the next six months, sending me her headshot and showreel, and asking me for tips for her LA auditions. I could see that she was determined and that made me pay attention. Eventually, I said maybe we can work together but let me write a script first. She reminded me of Milla Jovovich and I thought maybe I could write a script about a girl fighting zombies.

Out of the blue, I received news from Singapore that my younger brother had passed away. He took his own life. None of us in the family understood why he did it. I flew back to attend the funeral and it was over in a flash. Back in Sydney, I was still reeling from shock. I felt like the lone girl in the desert searching for answers. I said to Faye, you can come to Sydney, we’ll make a film together. There’ll be no script. We’ll just travel in the outback, head towards Ayers Rock until we find peace. Amazingly, she agreed. A short while later, I greeted Faye at the Arrivals Gate of the Sydney International Airport. We shook hands for the first time in person.

Some people ask me, is this film a documentary or fiction? Truth is, I don’t know. I simply followed the vision that was given to me. It that sense, it was planned, but where did the vision come from? I would like to think this film and the entire process of filming, was a gift to me. Faye, the vision, the aboriginal children who simply showed up, all conspired to show me that there are forces at work that I’ll never fully understand.