02 May Contentus: A MOOR
SCREENING: MAY 27, 2017 – Saturday
CONTENTUS: A MOOR
DIRECTOR: Stephen Chen
The first part of the CONTENTUS feature triptych, A MOOR – (or a “room” inverted) synthesizes the multiple meanings of securing, uncultivated land, and an ethnic population in its portraits of Caucasian sex tourists who blur into one another through the POV of an unheard and unseen Asian escort.
In A MOOR, the dynamics of power and race revealed through the clients’ speech and not allowing the Asian character that forms the core of the film to be seen or heard. This exploration of power and vulnerability is intricably linked to the form of A MOOR. The director, as the POV, is rendered as naked and vulnerable as the actors. In a reversal of conventional actor-director relationships, the director has to touch and be touched instead of observing at a distance; and the actors control the duration and his view through their actions, instead of his view controlling them.
In response to recent derivative tendencies of Canadian cinema, the CONTENTUS triptych eschews the conventions of narrative & visual grammar to create a space between Hollywood and Art House tropes; straddling the nether boundary between narrative and experimental – a No Man’s Land with no heroes, no resolutions, no romanticized sentiments. Man and metaphor intermingle through the naming and speech of the characters.
DURATION: 43 mins
Stephen Chen is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist whose works have been exhibited internationally. His work, like the film festival he founded, centers on the collusion of convention and institutions in limiting thought and justice, as well as creating alternative modes and spaces for expression.
International Indie Film Awards, Silver Medal
Colortape International Film Festival, Top 100 filns
Depth of Field International Film Festival
Indie Fest Awards, Award of Recognition
Revolution Me Film Festival, Honorable Mention
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Due to last minute withdrawals, and after a last-minute call failed to produce alternatives, Stephen Chen’s CONTENTUS was selected and split into its 3 component parts to fill the programming gaps.
CONTENTUS/A MOOR is not only the quintessential CENSURED IN CANADA type of film (having won awards internationally but rejected locally) the festival seeks to showcase, but also addresses the prejudices of mainstream Canada & convention through the allegory and form of an Asian escort dominated by White men that is never seen.