Film screening – 1987: Untracing the Conspiracy
This is a members’ only event. If you are not an AWARE member and would like to attend this screening, you can register to become an AWARE member here, or do so at the door on the day of the event.
AWARE is organising a film screening of 1987: Untracing the Conspiracy in collaboration with Function 8. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the impact that 1987’s Operation Spectrum had on the women’s movement in Singapore, how women were treated during detention, and the role women have played in civil society over time. The panel discussion will be moderated by Kokila Annamalai.
Date: 4 August, Thursday
Venue: AWARE Centre 5 Dover Crescent, #01-22 Singapore 130005
,View the film trailer here.
1987: Untracing the Conspiracy is a film examining Singapore’s history through the depiction of narrow corridors, a suit and a tie, and a pristine book.
In 1987, 22 people were arrested under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA). Accused of being involved in a Marxist conspiracy to establish a communist state, many detainees were tortured and then coerced into implicating themselves and their friends on public television. Featuring interviews with ex-detainees and political exiles, the film focuses on the first 30 days of their ordeal.
The ex-detainees describe various physical and psychological techniques used by their interrogators. This ignoble history of the ISA is a damning indictment of how detention without trial is not just a special kind of law, but a suspension of law.
This is a members’ only event. If you are not a member and would like to attend this screening, you can register to become an AWARE member here, or sign up here.