Textures: I Want To Go Home: Film Screening and Book Talk by Wesley Leon Aroozoo

I Want To Go Home / 2017 / 60 min / Japanese with English subtitles / PG

On the 11th of March, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week in search for her. Compelled and inspired to share his story, I Want To Go Home is a journey from Singapore to Onagawa through the lens of the intrigued to meet him. A story of survival and faith, the film speaks of a man’s loss, recovery and determination to reunite with his loved one, and the unlikely friendships forged across borders and languages.

In addition, the narrative has most recently been published as a dual-language novel of the same name in both Japanese and English. Come hear from director and author Wesley Leon Aroozoo on the process on conceiving both works and the challenges and rewards of working across disciplines.

* In view of overwhelming response, we have opened up an additional screening and book talk session on March 10 (Sat), 3pm to 4.30pm. Slots on March 11 have already been fully subscribed. If you wish to be placed on our waiting list, kindly email programmes@artshouse.sg.

About the director and author

Wesley Leon Aroozoo is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and a multi-disciplinary practitioner with 13 Little Pictures. In 2017, his debut feature film I Want To Go Home, a recipient of the Tokyo Filmex Grant, World Premiered at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival and contested in the Wide Angle Documentary Competition, one of only ten films selected for the category. Its companion dual-language novel written by Wesley is published by Math Paper Press.

In 2015, Wesley was commissioned by The Asian Film Archive to direct a film for the Fragments Anthology alongside acclaimed directors such as Lav Diaz and Tan Chui Mui. Wesley’s previous 14 short films have been awarded and screened in over 100 festivals. Wesley is a published author with two novels, produced playwright with plays such as Bedok Reservoir staged at the Goodman Arts Centre and with numerous script work for Mediacorp.

Wesley is a graduate with a Master of Fine Arts from New York University Tisch Asia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nanyang Technological University.

This programme is part of Textures – a weekend with words.

Textures celebrates the power and beauty of words. It invites audiences to experience and appreciate how words give us the ability to express ourselves as well as give meaning to our lives and the world. With its profound ability to connect and unite, words breathe life into the vast breadth of human thought and feeling, whether spoken or written.

In this weekend of words, we also celebrate Singapore literature and the people who have contributed to it. From mastering the craft to those building a community of writers and readers, they are all part of weaving and strengthening the fabric of our literary landscape.
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