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Abdul Nizam’s ‘Scene UnSeen’ featured in SGIFF 2021’s Singapore Panorama

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The 32nd edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will be held from November 25, 2021 to December 5, 2021. Part of this edition’s Singapore Panorama category, “Scene UnSeen” (rated NC16) is an honest, heartfelt documentary about Singapore’s underground music scene that opens a rare window into a slice of Singapore that has largely eluded the public eye.

Professionally known as Abdul Nizam, award-winning Singaporean indie filmmaker and musician Abdul Nizam Abdul Hamid directed “Scene UnSeen.” He died of liver, lung and pancreatic cancer on June 14, 2016.

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Comprising interviews, archival footage and animation, “Scene UnSeen” captures the pleasures and pains of Singapore’s underground music scene as shared by icons from the punk, hardcore, metal and alternative genres. The diverse set of bands, artists, gig organizers and fans featured in the film also candidly delves into issues of discrimination, disenfranchisement and the disillusionment posed by making art in a hypercapitalist and highly surveilled city.

Lovingly stitched together by a passionate team of like-minded friends, this honest, heartfelt documentary proudly wears the DIY ethos celebrated by the community. SGIFF is proud to present a special presentation of film at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore on November 28, 2021. Tickets are from $15 to $25.

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For one night only, watch the film, hear from members of the music community in exclusive Q&A sessions and enjoy special performances by pioneering rock band The Oddfellows. Singapore’s first all-female hardcore band Obstacle Upsurge will also perform. 

SGIFF 2021 programme director Thong Kay Wee said they are especially thrilled to offer a special presentation of the feature film “Scene UnSeen” on Singapore’s underground music scene, which will include a one-night-only showcase by two of Singapore’s beloved indie bands. He said, “I hope these accompanying experiences will continue to ignite our audience’s curiosity and bring different communities together at our festival.”

Tickets will go on public sale on November 9, 2021 at 12 p.m. via SISTIC. The SGIFF 2021 will present a diverse, inclusive range of over 100 films by filmmakers from more than 40 countries and films categorized under Asian Feature Film and Southeast Asian Short Film competitions.

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