Philip Cheah, an organiser of the Southeast Asian Film Festival

The 2012 Southeast Asian Film Festival is showcasing four Christian-themed movies.

They are Fable of the Fish (screened on March 2), Flight of an Angel (screened on March 4), Trespassers (screened on March 11), and Baby Factory (to be screened on March 25).

The film festival is in its second year.

In Fable of the Fish, a mother gives birth to a fish and believes that it is God’s gift. Trespassers dwells on the theme of forgiveness and refers to the line in The Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”.

Baby Factory focuses on the pro-life debate – on mothers deciding whether to keep their babies, says Philip Cheah, one of the curators and organisers of the event.

Cheah, a Catholic, had seen the movies at a film festival in Manila in 2010. He described the films as “interesting stories, well-written with strong performances and unique directing styles”.

As these are independent films, it is difficult for them to have a commercial release. Film festivals thus provide an alternative platform for audiences to watch these films, he said.

“These films will not leave you unmoved. They will leave you with something to reflect on,” he said.

Cheah was a founding member of the Singapore International Film Festival.

He is co-editor of BigO, an independent magazine on rock-music and was part of the team for Cinemaya, a quarterly film magazine covering Asian films.

He is also vice-president of the non-profit organisation Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Board.

Baby Factory, a movie in Tagalog with English subtitles, is scheduled for screening at the Singapore Art Museum on March 25 at 4.30pm. It is rated NC-16. Tickets can be purchased from SISTIC outlets.

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