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1987: UNTRACING THE CONSPIRACY

Freedom Film Fest SG

Venue:

CloudTheatre.com

Date11 December - 19 December 2021

Time24-hours access


LanguageEnglish

CategoryFilm

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Duration: 100 minutes

A film by Jason Soo examining Singapore's history through the depiction of narrow corridors, a suit and a tie, and a pristine book. In 1987, 22 people were arrested under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA). Accused of being involved in a Marxist conspiracy to establish a communist state, many detainees were tortured and then coerced into implicating themselves and their friends on public television. Featuring interviews with ex-detainees and political exiles, the film focuses on the first 30 days of their ordeal. The ex-detainees describe various physical and psychological techniques used by their interrogators. This ignoble history of the ISA is a damning indictment of how detention without trial is not just a special kind of law, but a suspension of law.

Year of Production: 2015
Runtime: 52 minutes
Country of Film: Singapore
Language of Film: English with Mandarin Subtitles
Subtitle Language: Mandarin
Filmmaker: Jason Soo

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About the Show

 

Join us for a never-before-public conversation with long-time cherished friends of the unlawfully detained. They will be sharing their memories with the public for the first time. Lai Maylene, was a partner of Teo Soh Lung in the law firm Teo, Lai & Lee that was started in 1981. Many of the detainees were close friends and had attended her wedding in 1984.

 

At the time of the arrests, she had just moved to New Zealand with her husband, Christopher Tremewan and their three-month-old daughter. Edgar K D’Souza was formerly a Catholic priest of Singapore Archdiocese, an Associate Editor of the Catholic News and Press Liaison Officer for Archbishop Gregory Yong. He lives in Australia with his family. Peter Low was the lawyer for ISA detainee Chng Suan Tze who, together with five other detainees, challenged their detention as unlawful — initially, in the High Court and then in the Court of Appeal.

Since then, Peter Low has continued to champion legal cases opposed by the authorities. Moderator: Kirsten Han is a freelance journalist who runs the newsletter We, The Citizens, covering Singapore from a rights-based perspective. Her work often revolves around the themes of social justice, human rights, politics, and democracy. 

Visit the website at https://1987untracing.wixsite.com/1987untracing


Event Details

  • Untracing The Conspiracy - 52 mins
  • Panel Discussion - 38 mins

Moderator:Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han is a freelance journalist who runs the newsletter We, The Citizens, covering Singapore from a rights-based perspective. Her work often revolves around the themes of social justice, human rights, politics, and democracy. 

Panelist 1: Edgar K D'Souza

Edgar K D’Souza was formerly a Catholic priest of Singapore Archdiocese, an Associate Editor of the Catholic News and Press Liaison Officer for Archbishop Gregory Yong. He lives in Australia with his family.

Panelist 2: Lai Maylene

Lai Maylene, was a partner of Teo Soh Lung in the law firm Teo, Lai & Lee that was started in 1981. Many of the detainees were close friends and had attended her wedding in 1984. At the time of the arrests, she had just moved to New Zealand with her husband, Christopher Tremewan and their three-month-old daughter.

Panelist 3: Peter Low

Peter Low was the lawyer for ISA detainee Chng Suan Tze who, together with five other detainees, challenged their detention as unlawful — initially, in the High Court and then in the Court of Appeal. Since then, Peter Low has continued to champion legal cases opposed by the authorities.

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