film diplomacy

CPD opens its film diplomacy vault, just in time for Oscar Sunday.

From film to graphic design, headlines this week explored the power of visual storytelling.

February 21, 2016

Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh on Saturday invited Indian filmmakers to shoot their movies in Vietnam to boost the two millenia-old cultural ties between the two countries. [...] “we should try new areas such as exchange of movies and promoting film shooting in each other’s countries,” Ton said while speaking as the guest of honour at a bilateral international seminar...

The Obama administration is taking its fight against ISIS to Hollywood, consulting with some of the world’s best storytellers for tips on how to win the battle for hearts and minds. [...] The outreach is part of a revamped administration strategy to counter ISIS’s magnetic pull for some young people in the Middle East and beyond, working with local partners, establishing a new Washington-based communications center and, now, drawing on the deep well of movie maker experience. 

Life on the Border', a documentary [...] presents a unique perspective of their life experiences in the midst of brutal attacks by the Islamic State. [...]  "Refugees" [...] captures the real-life drama of the migrants through virtual reality images of their predicament and the hardships they have had to face in the battle for survival.

AVE MARIA (2015) trailer - Oscar nominated short film

January 21, 2016

This comedic Palestinian short film explores religious and cultural differences between a group of Palestinian nuns who have taken a vow of silence and a Jewish settler family who cannot use a telephone during Shabbat as they work together to help the family return home. 

December 23, 2015

But even if the New York of song and film never existed, or has long vanished, the images keep their power. Can that same mental colonisation work for Singapore? That is what officials will find out in a cultural diplomacy project by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Filmmaker David Holbrooke discussed the life and work of his father, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.