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The “Silent Voices” program shows how nations manage to exert power and control over the minds, bodies and souls of their denizens. As close to real-life 

as some films may be 《​​Night Is Young, Tsoy Is Dead!》​, others 《​​Blind Mouth, Opera》 ​veer into overt dystopia - the sad but logical conclusion for regimes bent on domination.

 

Silent Voices This program's film rating is for ages 15 and older
Night Is Young

Kwok Zune

Hong Kong, China2020Fiction25'25"DCP15

A night alongside a jaded taxi driver in Hong Kong as a citizen protest rages on. Each interaction with a new passenger provides its own perspective on, or critique of, the tense political situation, and reveals a clear, growing and probably unsolvable divide between people. As such, the taxi slowly transforms into a shelter and the driver into a potential rescuer of stray souls. 
Tsoy Is Dead!

Alexander Solovyov

Russia2020Fiction5'20"DCPColor12

In dictatorial regimes, television serves as a de facto mouthpiece for state-approved propaganda. When, for the briefest of moments, an opportune glitch in the signal suddenly broadcasts images from another country, a young boy is presented with a whole new reality: rock. How irremediable will his awakening be!​​​
Blind Mouth

Leong Siew Hong

Malaysia, Taiwan2017Fiction16'DCPColor15

As 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have made wearing masks a necessity in regards to health, this anticipatory short film uses them for another radical purpose: to literally silence the poorest denizens of this dystopian, prison-like society··· including its children. If the people can’t even physically open their mouths, how could they possibly contest or challenge the authority?  
Opera

Erick Oh

Korea2020Animation8'55"DCPColor15

In a very literal example of world-building, this jaw-dropping animated short film presents an oligarchic society as a multi-layered, interconnected, pyramidal machine which runs on a never-ending cycle of order and chaos. Because of the way that film is constructed, not two audience members will actually be watching the same details nor characters - allowing for potentially infinite viewings and interpretations. 
Red Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall

Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke

Thailand202029'57"DCPColor15

A trans spy gets assigned a honey trapping mission and soon falls for her target in this hilarious, moving and inventive short that is also an exploration of Thailand’s filmmaking codes. The gender-fluid, meta-narrative mix of high espionage and doomed romance you never knew you wanted!