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Sun 04 Sep 2005

11 Sep 2005 - Do you know Shonan-to (film)

Category : events

Singapore Film Society
WWII Commemoration
Double Bill Film Showcase

2pm - "Do you know Shonan-to: Portraits of humanity under the shadow of war." By Mr Ikeda Hachiro.

4.15pm - "Burmese Harp." By Mr Ichikawa Kon in 1985, adapted from the novel by Takeyama Michio.

An Asean premiere, the first film is "DO YOU KNOW SHONAN-TO: PORTRAITS OF HUMANITY UNDER THE SHADOW OF WAR" by Mr Ikeda Hachiro, who will be present for a post-screening discussion.

This documentary chronicles an inside story that happened in Singapore during WWII. During the Japanese Occupation, when the National Museum and Botanic Gardens were in danger of being destroyed, a group of British, Japanese and Chinese bravely casted aside national boundaries and worked together to preserve Singapore's priceless cultural and botanical heritage.

The second film is a contemplative anti-war film "BURMESE HARP" by renowned director, Ichikawa Kon in 1985, adapted from the novel by Takeyama Michio.

"While the depiction of the soldiers may be idealized, The Burmese Harp transcends its limitations to become a universal testament not only to the madness that prevailed in Burma, but to the unspeakable horror of all war." - Howard Schumann.

Screening Hours : 2.00pm and 4:15pm
Admission : Free Admission on First-Come, First-Served basis.
Location : Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Address : 1 Sarkies Road

Phone : 9017-0160
Nearest MRT Station : Newton
Website: www.sfs.org.sg

Source: Singapore Commemorates: Memorial Month.

Posted at 11:36PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Sun 04 Sep 2005

12 Sep 2005 - Kranji War Memorial Dedication Service

Category : events

Kranji War Memorial
Dedication Service

12 Sep 2005: 7.00am

Kranji War Cemetery & Memorial,
9 Woodlands Road (map).

"As a fitting end to the 60th Anniversary Commemoration and in dedication and honour of those who gave their lives in the fight for the freedom of others, the Kranji War Memorial Dedication Service will be held on 12 September, on the same day 60 years ago when Admiral Lord Mountbatten received the surrender document from the Imperial Japanese forces in South-East Asia at the Council Chamber of Singapore Town Hall (now City Hall).

The service will take place at dawn at the Kranji War Memorial and wreaths will be laid in commemoration of the wartime sacrifices by unsung heroes. Poppies signify wartime remembrance and proceeds from their sale will go to the Ex-Services Association for war veterans under its care.

Said Mr. Jeyathurai Ayadurai, Chairman, National Commemoration Committee: "These commemorative events in September play an integral role in shaping and cultivating awareness of our wartime heritage. Although our 60 year-old past is fast receding in the minds of the present generation, it remains at large a part of our identity.

We need to recognise and give due acknowledgement to the common people who became heroes in the face of war, not only by circumstance but also by the force of integrity and choice. I would like to welcome Singaporeans and visitors alike to join us in paying tribute to these wartime sacrifices.""

Source: "Remembering The Past... Remembering World War II." STB Media Release, 30 Aug 2005. New commemorative events in September to mark 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Photo from: "Kranji War Memorial." PBase gallery by Peter Chou.

For other events, see Singapore Commemorates: Memorial Month.

Posted at 11:34PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Sun 04 Sep 2005

14 Sep 2005 - Confessions of a sometime bird watcher (talk)

Category : talks

Wed 14 Sep 2005: 7.30pm, Nature Society (Singapore) office, 510 Geylang Road, #02-05 The Sunflower, Singapore 389466 (map). All are welcome!

"House Crows, Pink-necked Pigeons and Zebra Doves: Confessions of a sometime bird watcher. Dr Wee Yeow Chin, a plant watcher, got interested in bird watching when a pair of House Crows nested in his garden.

This excited him so much that when a pair of Pink-necked Pigeons next nested there, he really got hooked on birds. His next encounter was with a pair of Yellow-vented Bulbuls and currently, a pair of Zebra Doves.

In his enthusiasm to document the breeding stages of these birds, he ended up spending hours watching them and snapping literally hundreds of images with his faithful digital camera. He has now been persuaded to speak of his experience with these birds. Join us while Dr Wee shares with us the private lives of birds."

From: Vilma D'Rozario, editor Nature News.

See also the blog of the Singapore Bird Ecology Study Group, NSS.

Posted at 11:34PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news