Apprentice: Film Screening + Discussion @ A Good Space

This movie screening is part of the "Be Inspired" programme at A Good Space - a community-curated public space at NVPC, co-hosted by Founding Curator Anthea Ong.

It aims to transform ordinary spaces into places of purpose by convening catalysts of change to invent, innovate, intersect and inspire communities through a variety of events, film screenings being one of them.

Come join us for an enriching afternoon of film and conversations with award-winning Director Boo Junfeng. Gain new perspectives and insights into how Apprentice was produced and participate in an exclusive Q&A session with the Director.

About The Film:

Aiman, a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer, is transferred to the territory's top prison. At his new job, he is asked to become an apprentice to Rahim, the facility's 65-year-old executioner.

Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman, and when Rahim's assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice.

Aiman tells his sister of his new position, and she becomes upset when she realizes their father was actually executed by Rahim. Aiman knew this all along. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?

Apprentice has won several awards for its narrative and cast, with Singaporean Director Boo Junfeng winning the "Rising Director" award at the Busan International Film Festival.

Film Trailer:

Praise For The Film:

At first “Apprentice” seems to be a basic revenge film in which Aiman stalks the man who killed his father. But it becomes psychologically more complex as it reveals Rahim’s buried rage and guilt over his occupation and Aiman’s ambivalence when offered the chance to step into his new boss’s shoes.

“Apprentice” largely skirts the issue of capital punishment while letting it be known that most of the other guards don’t want the job. Killing a fellow human being is not easy.

- Stephen Holden, New York Times

...the atmosphere of death is present and is a miasma that blankets the story. It is a fog in which some never escape, but also a screen behind which others hide their insecurities to find self-worth.

There is an executioner who talks about breaking necks with the casual, disconnected tone of someone explaining how to use software. Another man's life is glimpsed, right before he is woken at dawn to make the walk to the gallows...

- John Lui, The Straits Times

Film Screening Program:

2.30pm - 3.00pm: Registration
3.00pm - 4.30pm: Screening of Apprentice
4.30pm - 5.00pm: Post-Movie Dialogue with Director

Important Information:

As the venue can accommodate 160 people, please register early and register only if you can attend. Thank you!

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Sat Nov 4, 2017
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
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