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Big Trouble in Little Bistro

Big Trouble in Little Bistro – JuBaFilms

Submitted by Kaii | More from JuBa here & here

Food is serious business, all right


Periodical Political Post *170

Queer News

  • Russian president Putin signs anti-gay propaganda’ bill into law
  • Istanbul gay pride supported by thousands of Gezi park protestors
  • 21,000 show-up to support queer love in Singapore last weekend
  • Baguio LGBT Pride Parade in Philippines goes ahead in a cyclone

Other News

  • New PRISM leaks detail live notification of email logins, sent messages
  • US taps half a billion phone calls, mails, texts in Germany every month
  • American faces 13 years jail for scribbling anti-bank messages in chalk
  • Drug tests used on 84% of all Americans are a scam targeting the poor


He is only 12 years old, but Vlogger Theo Chen‘s rant against bullies has struck a major chord online, going viral with over 80,000 views in just a day. The video, titled "Gay", sees the opinionated student telling off anonymous posters who leave abusive and vulgar messages on his YouTube videos. In the video, Theo shares his feelings over getting bullied both online and in school by school mates who call him a ‘fag’ or ‘gay’ because he dances in his videos.

Submitted by Edward | Disregard the hipster glasses ;)


Not yet a Hero

Remember about the amazingly talented lads from JuBaFilms? They’re back…

Not Yet A Hero – JuBaFilms

With a Piece of Chalk

milkboys reader afewlastwords sent in a short by JuBaFilms, who are not only pretty cute bunch of young film makers but also have a couple of other impressive videos on their YouTube channel.
With A Piece Of Chalk – JuBaFilms

Homosexuality in Singapore

A Singapore student challenged homosexuality education on a live news discussion TV show in Singapore this week. During a panel show with teachers and a representative from the Ministry of Education, student Melissa Tsang questioned the kind of counselling a school would give to queer kids. In response to Mohana Eswaran, a teacher at a Secondary School in Singapore, who said she would refer students asking about homosexuality to school counsellors, Tsang said:

What kind of counselling are you going to give this child? Are you going to support this child or are you going to portray homosexuality or transgenderism in the light of deviancy?

Tsang also pointed out that as homosexual acts are criminalized in Singapore, so teachers cannot inform students of the legal situation without making the student think that homosexuality is criminal. Liew Wei Li from the Ministry of Education responded:

We understand this is quite sensitive, so we actually give you full information about the legal provisions about the homosexual acts. So we don’t criminalize homosexuality at all. No counsellor will want to make a child feel bad. You want them to have the full information.

Question about homosexuality during "Talking Point" episode on sexuality education in schools

Consensual sex between two adult men is illegal in Singapore under Section 377A of the Penal Code. An October 2007 review of the code repealed the parts of Section 377 which made anal and oral sex between heterosexual couples and lesbians illegal, but Section 377A remained. During a long parliamentary speech on the matter at the time of the repeal, the prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government would not proactively enforce Section 377, but they would not repeal it:

If we abolish it, we may be sending the wrong signal that our stance has changed, and the rules have shifted… Therefore, we have decided to keep the status quo on section 377A. It is better to accept the legal untidiness and the ambiguity. It works, do not disturb it.


Legalize Love

Google has started a global campaign in support of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. The internet giant announced its Legalize Love campaign at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit 2012, which took place in London. The campaign was launched in Poland and Singapore. Organizers plan to expand the campaign to every country where Google has an office, focusing on countries where anti-gay sentiment runs high.

“Singapore wants to be a global financial centre and world leader and we can push them on the fact that being a global centre and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation,” Google’s Palmer-Edgecumbe said of the decision to include Singapore in the campaign’s initial phase.

Not everyone is happy about [the need for] such a campaign though:

All this manpower, cash and effort could be going towards actual issues like cancer research, ending starvation etc etc etc… FUCK the religious for making gay marriage an issue at all and forcing all this debate and consumption of valuable resources towards something that’s none of their fucking business in the first place and should have never been an issue, there shouldn’t be anything to legalize and I’m sick of this.  –Redditor

It’s unclear if those homophobes who got their jimmies rustled over gay Oreos before will now switch to another search engine. Bing is out of question at least considering the donation of $200k for a marriage equality campaign by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer.


Pink Dot

A new clip for Singapore’s ‘Pink Dot’ festival highlights the private pain felt by queer people and their friends and family members caused by homophobia. The festival, in support of the freedom to love, is set to take place in Hong Lim Park on June 18. [via Towelroad]


Periodical Political Post *20


Scratching the surface of Utopia – Aw, the controversy…




Royston Tan’s first feature provides a fascinating window to a world rarely depicted onscreen: the angst-ridden arena of adolescent boys in modern-day Singapore. If that weren’t fascinating enough, Tan shows us this cosmos from the inside out: employing music, montage, animation, fantasy, a multiple layering of video elements and a host of narrative styles to portray the frenetic, tortuous, but strangely beautiful world shared by a group of 15-year-olds whose only emotional connection to the world is through each other.

The film introduces us to Wynn, Melvin, Erick, Shaun and Armani. Residents of a public housing project who also attend school together, they have dealt for so long with outsider status, disaffected parents and bleak futures that they now manifest a cold, ironic distance from the world – posing as emotionless drones who cannot be defeated, nor even touched. As modern, consumerist culture races by them, and they are beset by parents and teachers with verbal abuse and ridicule, the boys form a tight, if complicated, bond between themselves; a brotherhood whose code allows the shedding of blood, perhaps, but never tears. Skipping school, doing drugs, rehearsing gang raps, piercing and ritually cutting their bodies, on the surface the boys form a bleak picture of ennui and hopelessness – even encouraging one another’s not-infrequent suicide threats (as an ironic echo to the discordant strains that fill their eras on a daily basis.) But Tan is very attentive to the underlying intimacy of the boys’ shared suffering, and the need each one eventually shows to be close to someone – whether in a game of rapid-fire insults, or in a late-night embrace, out of the sight of others. In time, the boys display not only a wickedly satirical outlook on their dilemmas as young people in an unsupportive society, but also show some of the best traits of human nature: patience, caring, forgiveness, loyalty, courage, and a willingness to be vulnerable to one another.


Whether moments of transcendence are enough to redeem the world for these oppressed boys remains an open question – a credit to Tan, who declines to moralize about his subjects, or to idly speculate about their likely fates. His highly stylized film (sketching his characters’ inner lives with a stylistic hybrid drawn from music videos, advertising and video games), concentrates on depicting a not-too-hypothetical present with no escape in sight, not even necessarily in the future. Still, in the midst of this elaborate production with its alarming suggestions, a stirring portrait of human striving emerges that is as striking and unforgettable as its director’s amazing stylistic flair. 15 is a brave and unique depiction of young lives pitted against a hostile world, and often giving back better than the world deserves.

A completely f***ed up film!  Think Clockwork Orange (on acid), meets Black Moon meets Emperor Tomato Ketchup meets Larry Clark’s Kids….but more insane.  Beautifully shot with artistic merit, this film is for the serious coming of age film collector with a passion for screwed up films! – Azov Films

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The fact that director Royston Tan had to make 27 cut to satisfy the Singapore Board of Film Censors inspired him to make the short film Cut – which is extremely funny, don’t miss this one! ;)