LAND OF NOT KNOWING

Supported by:

This film is also presented in collaboration with Rendezvous With Madness Festival (Toronto) with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

SYNOPSIS

In this bold new experimental documentary, four artists talk about suicide: the role the recurring thought has played in their life and art, the struggle to understand and overcome the impulse, and the ongoing confrontation with a form of stigma that renders the very concept of suicide as a kind of pariah even among mental health issues and discussions. With a frankness that is both bracing and illuminating, Sanguedolce’s subjects tell their stories, and the filmmaker responds with a striking visual scheme that permits us something rarely attempted in the engagement with this most misunderstood of conditions: a sense of first person understanding.

Directed By: Steve Sanguedolce
Country: Canada
Year: 2016
Runtime: 71 minutes
Language: English
Rating: NC16

SCREENING INFO

Stream Online
22nd May 2021 (Mon) to 30th May 2021 (Sun)**

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*Online film screening is only available for 48 hours upon activation
**Feature film must be watched by 30th May 2021 (Sun), 11.59pm

PANEL CONVERSATION

Suicide: Can talk or not?

A total of 400 suicides were recorded in Singapore in 2019, with youths aged 10 to 29 representing a significant portion of this figure. Despite general consensus on the need to curb and prevent suicide, many of us find ourselves not knowing how to approach this seeming delicate topic:

How do we talk about suicide? Are there signs to it?
Will asking about suicide compel one to act on it?
What are the psychological and sociological causes to suicide?

In this panel conversation, we will explore at what goes on in the mind of an individual contemplating suicide, and learn about possible signs and symptoms. We will also share ways in which we can reach out to suicidal individuals, and how we can talk about suicide in a safe and appropriate manner. Additionally, the panel will highlight the importance of looking at suicide beyond the individual, and to understand its larger socio-cultural influences. This panel will also examine the impact of suicide on those who are left behind – and how we can support these ‘suicide survivors’.

TIME & LOCATION

Live Stream on watch.smhff.com^
27th May 2021 (Thu) | 8.00pm^^

^Only available for Virtual Pass holders
^^Live stream starts strictly at 8.00pm. A recorded version will be available by the end of recording day until 31st May (Mon), 11.59pm.

SHORT FILM PAIRING

We Are All Here

SYNOPSIS

When Glasgow rapper Lumo takes his own life aged 21, it sends shockwaves through the Scottish hip hop community. As his family and friends struggle to make sense of his death, they uncover hidden clues in the lyrics and video diaries he left behind.

2019 Glasgow Short Film Festival Winner of Audience Choice Award

BOOK PAIRING

Loss Adjustment

SYNOPSIS

“I have had nothing bad happen to me except my own doing. I have let this cowardice envelop me, and I can’t shake it off. I will commit the worst thing you can ever do to someone who loves you: killing yourself. The scary thing is, I’m okay with that.” —Victoria McLeod, Singapore, March 30, 2014

Loss Adjustment is a mother’s recount of her 17-year-old daughter’s suicide.

In the wake of Victoria McLeod’s passing, she left behind a remarkable journal in her laptop of the final four months of her life. Linda Collins, her mother, has woven these into her memoir, which is at once cohesive, yet fragmented, reflecting a survivor’s state of mind after devastating loss.

Loss Adjustment involves the endless why’s, the journey of Linda Collins and her husband in honouring Victoria, and the impossible question of what drove their daughter to this irretrievable act. A stunningly intimate portrait of loss and grief, Loss Adjustment is a breaking of silence—a book whose face society cannot turn away from.

PRICE

$21.00

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