RAM Film Talk | Collecting Videos to Find the Time for the Third World: Reconstruction / Deconstruction of Memories in Perfumed NightmareNov 17, 2019 Sunday 18:30 - 21:00

  • About the Film Talk

    Perfumed Nightmare, Kidlat Tahimik’s first feature-length film, depicts in an authoritative manner the purity and disillusion of an American Dream, but the truly remarkable aspect of the film is the reconstruction and re-creation it achieves through its particular method of collecting images, which may be understood as an attempt to “recover the lost time of the Third World.” In the film, the image of the “bridge” is ever-present, and depictions of economic development show that such progress serves as only a beginning and not an end, as it becomes the path that runs from the Third to First Worlds, and symbolizes displays or recessions of political power within the world of international politics. Portrayals of the pursuit of freedom in the film also demonstrate the ambiguity and double-sided nature of such ‘freedom’. The film’s narrative structure humorously alludes to the “westward pilgrimage” towards freedom, which is in reality a journey full of uncertainty and twists and turns, with Tahimik taking us through the film at his special pace — at times at a slow crawl, at other times in large and quick strides. Perhaps we could even say that the film is itself a two-way channel between the First and Third Worlds, demonstrating that the latter is not simply and purely “heading westward”, and that the film provides a wide spectrum of possibilities in interpreting the construction of a nation’s history and the collective memories of its people. And so even when the film speaks of the past or of the present, it still points to the future. Tahimik’s Perfumed Nightmare is a model for utopia, as it constantly salvages and reconstructs memories along the axis of history.... Read More

  • About the Speaker

    CHEN Huei-Yin, Master’s graduate in Film Studies from Columbia University. Previously worked as assistant curator and chief research officer at the Video Art and Experimental Film Festival in New York; currently works as film selector and program manager at the International Women’s Film Festival in Taiwan, and as a freelance writer, interviewer and translator.

  • Ticket info

    Free admission, reservation is required.

Related Exhibition

Book this event

RAM Film Talk | Collecting Videos to Find the Time for the Third World: Reconstruction / Deconstruction of Memories in Perfumed Nightmare

Nov 17, 2019 Sunday 18:30 - 21:00

Shanghai Study Centre, The University of Hong Kong (298 North Suzhou Road)

Please contact info@rockbundartmuseum.org for more than 2 persons.

Book this event

You have successfully made the reservation for the event!

Please print or save this QR code for check-in on site.

Cancel this event

Do you really want to cancel this reservation?

Book this event

You have successfully cancelled this reservation.



Forget password?
Have no account?Start here


After submitting registered email, you will receive an email instruction about how your retrieve password.

Send Have no account?Start here


Complete send

Activate your account

Please go to
to complete the sign-up process.

If you haven't received activation email, please make sure to check spam folder or click "Re-send" below.

Re-send in seconds