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Lunch with documentary director Martyn See

  • 21 Mar 2006
  • The Conrad
  • 12:30pm

This event is for Members only.

Film-maker Martyn See, whose controversial 26-minute documentary Singapore Rebel was banned here on the grounds that it was a political film, has made yet another film dealing with politics: Zahari�s 17 years. The subject of his new 49-minute documentary is left-wing journalist Said Zahari, who was arrested in 1963 for allegedly being a communist and detained without trial for 17 years in Singapore. Prior to his arrest, he had been banished from Malaysia for being a part of a strike involving Malaysian newspaper Utusan Melayu. Mr See will talk about his new film and the reasons why he choose this subject; and more generally his experience with Singapore Rebel. In an interview with Time magazine in December last year, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said in reference to Singapore Rebel, which chronicles opposition politician Chee Soon Juan's political activities: "Well, if you had asked me, I would have said, to hell with it. But the censor, the enforcer, he will continue until he is told the law has changed. And it will change ... "

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