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SCREWED UP MOMENTS #5

Many talks focuses on success stories. But often, each success story is accompanied by many more untold stories of failures.

These series of talks will focus on those stories, where people come forward to share about their biggest screw-ups and failures, and how they overcame it.

It’s okay to fail, and it’s important to keep trying.

In conjunction with the Happiness Film Festival, we will be screening a short film during the event – THE SHINING STAR OF LOSERS EVERYWHERE. The film is about Haru Urara, a racehorse with a pink Hello Kitty mask and a career-long losing streak. Haru Urara became a ray of hope for the people of Japan in 2003, when Japan was plunged into economic darkness.

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Details:
14 March, 7PM
@ *SCAPE Hubquarters

Admission is free.

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HUMAN

Dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand
2015 / Documentary / France / 188 mins / Various Languages with English Subtitles / M18 (Some Mature Content 内容只宜十八岁及以上)

What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery?

Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.

HUMAN is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

Details:
16 March, 7PM
@ *SCAPE Gallery

Admission is free.

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Awards:
Winner – Best Documentary, Beijing International Film Festival
Winner – Freedom of Expression Honorary Award, CinEuphoria Awards
Winner – Most Popular International Documentary,  Vancouver International Film Festival

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A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY

Dir. Sara Hirsh Bordo
2015 / Documentary / USA / 78 mins / English

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman.”

The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

Post-Screening Dialogue

In the online realm, things can escalate fast and get blown out of proportion. The post-screening dialogue will explore the themes of resilience and kindness in a space that we often have little control over.

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Details:
20 March (Wed), 6.30PM
@ The Projector
(Includes Opening Reception)

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Awards:
Winner – Best Feature Film, Justice Film Festival Chicago
Winner – Spirit Award, Bentonville Film Festival
Winner – Documentary Spotlight Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award, Illuminate Film Festival
Winner – Documentary Audience Award, Newport Beach Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award, Lower East Side Film Festival
Winner – Best Documentary Film Audience AWard, Traverse City Film Festival

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SURVIVAL FAMILY サバイバルファミリー

Dir. Shinobu Yaguchi
2017 / Comedy, Drama / Japan / 117 mins / Japanese with English Subtitles / PG

Residing in Tokyo, the Suzuki family is a dysfunctional family, where everyone is self-centred and absorbed in their own lives.

One morning, they wake and find out that all the electricity is off. They decide to go to work and school, but the trains and cars are also out of commission. Entire weeks passes, the situation remains unchanged, and their food supplies begin to dwindle.

With no option left, they head to Kagoshima on bicycles, but the journey brings trying times they tackle to make it through.

Post-Screening Dialogue

With the Internet, we are experiencing unprecedented connectivity. Yet, there seems to be a paradox – the more connected we are; the more disconnected we are to others, especially people that matter. The post-screening dialogue explores this paradox.

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Details:
21 March (Thu), 7.30PM
@ The Projector

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FINDING HYGGE

Dir. Rocky Walls
2018 / Documentary / Denmark / 90 mins / English / PG13 (Some coarse language)

Hygge has exploded in popularity amidst growing division and distrust around the world, but the Danish word and its definition are more complicated than it seems. For those who seek happiness, this exploratory documentary travels around the globe to discover the true meaning of hygge and how to find it.

Post-Screening Dialogue

Denmark has been ranked top three in happiness since the first issue of the World Happiness Report in 2012. The post-screening dialogue explores Hygge – an idea that is so central to what it means to be happy in Denmark. The dialogue also explores if the idea of Hygge can be applicable to our Singapore context.

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Details:
22 March (Fri), 7.30PM
@ The Projector

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Awards:
Official Selection – Heartland International Film Festival 2018
Winner – Annual Copenhagen Film Festival 2018
Official Selection – DOCLANDS 2018
Finalist – Twin Cities Film Festival 2018
Official Selection – Indy Film Festival 2018
Official Selection – Fort Myers Beach Film Festival 2018

EXPERIENCE

HAPPINESS 101: AN INTRODUCTION

What exactly is Happiness? Is it an elusive idea, or is it something that you can choose to experience?

Join us for in this two hour experience where we will share a short introduction of the science and research behind happiness.

What we will cover:
1. Why is Happiness always short-lived?
2. Misconceptions about Happiness
3. Choices we can make to be happier

Details:
23 March (Sat), 11AM
@ Aliwal Arts Centre

Admission is free.

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HAPPINESS 101: MEANING & PURPOSE

Why is it some of us hate our jobs and dread going to work, while others brim with passion and excitement about the work that they do? Why is it that some can find such meaning and purpose in their jobs, while some don’t?

If you have been caught in a race not knowing where you are going, this experience may shed some light on how to develop a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Join us for in this two hour experience where we will share a introduction of the current science and research behind meaning and purpose.

What we will cover:
1. What is meaning and purpose?
2. Where does our purpose come from?
3. What can we do to find purpose?

Details:
24 March (Sun), 11AM
@ Aliwal Arts Centre

Admission is free.

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THE WORK

Dir. Jairus McLeary
2017 / Documentary / USA / 87 mins / English / Rating TBC

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, THE WORK follows three men from the outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways.

THE WORK offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanising tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Post-Screening Dialogue

Many of us accumulate baggage in ourselves as we proceed on in life. The post-screening dialogue explores how inmates could be free while those outside the bars could be imprisoned. It looks at the transformation process when one can transcend our personal baggage.

Details:
23 March (Sat), 2PM
@ The Projector

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Awards:
Winner – Documentary Award Winner, Sheffield International Documentary Festival
Winner – Documentary Feature Grand Jury Award, SXSW 2017
Official Selection – Melbourne International Film Festival 2017
Winner – Best Documentary Feature Audience Choice Award, Chicago International Film Festival
Winner – Documentary Feature Audience Award, American Film Festival
Nominated – Best Documentary, Gotham Independent Film Award

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ON HAPPINESS ROAD 幸福路上

Dir. Sung Hsin-Yin 宋欣颖
2017 / Animation / Taiwan / 109 mins / Mandarin, Hokkien with English and Chinese Subtitles / PG

Chi grew up on Happiness Road in Taiwan but has always been living in awe of the USA. Eventually her dreams became reality when she got the opportunity to move to the USA.

However, Chi’s dream move didn’t turn out the way she hoped it would. She became lost in her seemingly happy life. On a trip home for her grandmother’s funeral, Chi stumbles into classmates and friends from years gone by. She begins to feel nostalgic about her childhood and starts to question her own supposed happiness. As Chi starts to redefine her own happiness with a trip down memory lane, she begins to contemplate the meaning of ‘life’ and ‘home’.

Post-Screening Dialogue

Are there moments in our life that we don’t know why we are doing what we are doing? The post-screening dialogue explores something close to the hearts of many people – what is our meaning and purpose in life?

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Details:
23 March (Sat), 7.30PM
@ The Projector

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Awards:
Winner – Best Animation Feature, Golden Horse Film Festival 2018
Winner – Best Animation, Taipei Film Festival 2018
Winner – Taipei Grand Award, Taipei Film Festival 2018
Winner – Audience Choice Award, Taipei Film Festival 2018
Winner – Best Animated Feature, Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018
Nominated – Best Animated Feature Film, Asia Pacific Screen Award
Nominated, Best Screenplay, China Media Film Awards

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MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS

Dir. Matt D’Avella
2016 / Documentary / USA / 78 mins / English / Rating TBC

How might your life be better with less?

MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

Post-Screening Dialogue

Can we find happiness in things and possessions? This post-screening dialogue explores the idea that letting go of things and possessions may be one of the ways that makes us happier.

Details:
24 March (Sun), 2PM
@ The Projector

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