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True Colors THEATER

TRUE COLORS FILM FESTIVAL

A 10-day feast of full-length and short films that shine a new light on universal experiences: connection, diversity, hope, dreams and transformation. Coming to a screen very, very near you, join us online to experience mainstream works, arthouse movies and social impact films that you will discover for the very first time.

True Colors Film Festival 2020 (TCFF), happening December 3 to 12, is a free online film festival that offers a selection of films that reflects the “One World, One Family” theme. A theme that speaks of the pressing need for greater awareness of differences, acceptance and celebration of human diversity.

Through features and shorts, dramas and documentaries, and post-screening dialogues, True Colors Film Festival will showcase these issues and lift your spirits with beautiful, thought-provoking and award-winning works by talented filmmakers from Asia and beyond.

View the titles below and register your interest so we can notify you on how to stream these films for free.

The Feature films are available to stream in the countries in Asia and the Pacific listed below:
Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Cyprus, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen.

The Short films are available to stream by viewers all over the world, except for viewers in China, Cuba, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Democratic People's  Republic of Korea, Sudan and Syrian Arab Republic.

Additional exclusions apply, see Exclusions for details.

For instructions on how to stream the films, please visit our FAQ page.

All information on this website is believed to be accurate and complete at the time of publication.

TRUE COLORS FILM FESTIVAL

December 3-12, 2020

  • All films come with English subtitles
    Japanese subtitles available for selected films

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Selection

TCFF’s launch date – 3 December – is also IDPD, observed around the world to promote the rights and well-being of the more than 1 billion people around the world living with disabilities. Here is our selection of films to mark the day.

  • 37 Seconds

    Directed by Hikari
    Japan | 2019
    115 mins
    R21
    Japanese, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Film is exclusive to viewers in Japan and Singapore for one screening on 3 Dec only. See Exclusions for details.

    Yuma is a 23-year-old comic book artist who has cerebral palsy. She lives with her mother but seeks to lead a more fulfilling life. She tinkers with the idea of becoming an adult manga artist and forges her own unusual path to sexual awakening and independence while at the same time discovering love and forgiveness. This endearing film won the Audience Award and Art Cinema Prize at Berlinale 2020, and Best New Director, Asian Film Awards 2020.

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  • A Long Journey for the First Steps

    A Long Journey for the First Steps

    Directed by Ratko Stojiljkovic, Julia Minet, Jasmina Mustafic
    Slovenia | 2017
    14 mins
    PG
    Arabic, with English Subtitles

    The real life experiences of children and parents from Palestine on their arrival in Slovenia as part of the humanitarian project “Rehabilitation of children victims of war in Gaza”. The main characters are seven-year-old Baylasan and her mother Amal, and their shared wish that Baylasan can one day walk like other children.

    Coming Soon

  • Elsewhere

    Elsewhere

    Directed by Cesare Cka Cicardini
    Italy | 2015
    18 mins
    PG
    Italian, with English Subtitles

    Simone has a clear idea: he wants to fly away. He wants to do it alone, but brings us along, to a distant place, Elsewhere. This is a story about a trip beyond boundaries: beyond Italy and beyond the boundaries drawn by the words “Down Syndrome”. It offers a glimpse into the inner life of a person with Down Syndrome who, besides suffering and struggling to accept his condition, wants to offer people a different perspective of life. This film won the Grand Jury Prize, International Short Film at Bluenose Ability Arts Festival 2015.

    Coming Soon

  • Over The Horizon

    Over The Horizon

    Directed by Ivan Sosnin
    Russia | 2017
    5 mins
    PG
    Russian, with English Subtitles

    Alexander Zhuravlev, a blind photographer from Russia, took a step beyond the horizon of his own possibilities. With only 2% of residual vision, Alexander realized some years ago that he would not sign a verdict for himself and would not become an invalid. Travelling around Russia and the rest of the world, he began taking pictures, and with a smartphone, he showed the world to sighted people. This film was given the First Award, We Care film Festival 2017.

    Coming Soon

  • Stand By Me Music Video

    Stand By Me Music Video

    Directed by Sydney Tan
    Singapore | 2020
    4 mins
    PG
    English, with English Subtitles

    At the height of the global pandemic earlier this year, True Colors Festival wanted to send a message of hope and positivity to people everywhere. It also wanted to draw attention to the plight of the world’s largest minority – people with disabilities – who were facing unprecedented and under-reported challenges. Enter 46 singers, dancers and musicians from 15 countries/areas who “got together” to perform an updated and stirring rendition of the classic Ben E. King hit “Stand By Me”.

    Coming Soon

  • The Soul of Sophanna's Song

    The Soul of Sophanna's Song

    Directed by Juliana Tan
    Cambodia | 2017
    5 mins
    PG
    Khmer, with English Subtitles

    Sophanna is a singer, composer, music and English teacher, overall inspiration. Orphaned at six, paralysed at 10 and given a year to live, he has experienced unimaginable loss and pain. And he chose light and service to others, as exemplified by his father. The documentary won the Silver Medal for Documentary Short, Asia South East Short Film Festival 2018.

    Coming Soon

Spotlight Films

  • Listen

    Directed by Ana Rocha de Sousa
    Portugal, United Kingdom | 2020
    74 mins
    PG
    English, Portugese, British Sign Language, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Film is available for viewing on 5 Dec from 14:00 JST / 13:00 SGT to 6 Dec 14:00 JST / 13:00 SGT.

    Country exclusions apply, see Exclusions for details.

    In the outskirts of London, Portuguese couple and parents of three, Bela and Jota, struggle to make ends meet. When a misunderstanding arises at school with their deaf daughter, the British social services grow concerned for the safety of their children. Ana Rocha de Sousa’s debut feature film portrays the tireless battle of these immigrant parents against the law to keep their family together. Winner of the Lion of the Future Venice Award for a Debut Film and the Special Orizzonti Jury Award, Venice Film Festival 2020.

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  • The Fight

    Directed by Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres
    United States | 2020
    96 mins
    PG
    English, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Film is available for viewing on 6 Dec from 14:00 JST / 13:00 SGT to 7 Dec 14:00 JST / 13:00 SGT.

    Country exclusions apply, see Exclusions for details.

    At this defining moment in American history, The Fight follows a scrappy team of heroic American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyers in an electrifying battle over abortion rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights.

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  • The Chess Game of the Wind

    The Chess Game of the Wind

    Directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani
    Iran | 1976
    93 mins
    PG
    Farsi, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Film is available for viewing on 11 Dec from 14:00 JST / 13:00 SGT to 12 Dec 14:00 JST / 13:00 SGT.

    Country exclusions apply, see Exclusions for details.

    In this gothic Iranian family tale set in the Qajar dynasty, a rich matriarch has died and her paraplegic daughter Lady Aghdas is surrounded by men, including her stepfather, who try to steal her fortune from her. As the family falls out over the inheritance, erotic tension builds up between Lady Aghdas and her handmaiden. Scored by the trailblazing female composer Sheyda Gharachedaghi, Mohammad Reza Aslani’s breathtaking The Chess Game of the Wind is a chilling, luscious family portrait of aristocratic decadence. Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, in collaboration with Mohammad Reza Aslani.

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Feature Films

  • Blue Gate Crossing

    Directed by Yee Chih-Yen
    Taiwan | 2002
    83 mins
    NC16
    Mandarin, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Country exclusions apply, see Exclusions for details.

    Best friends Ke-rou (Gwei Lun-mei) and Yueh-chen meet the school’s swimming champion Shih-hao (Chen Bolin). Ke-rou helps convey messages to Shih-hao for Yueh-chen. He ends up liking sexually confused Ke-rou, who carries a torch for her best friend. An official selection of the Director’s Fortnight 2002 at Cannes, this tender coming-of-age film about the innocence of teenage romance and friendship continues to resonate with youths today.

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  • Darkness and Light

    Directed by Chang Tso-chi
    Taiwan | 1999
    105 mins
    PG
    Taiwanese Minnan, Mandarin, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Kang-yi returns for summer holidays to help her blind father in his massage salon. She meets gangster Ah Ping and they fall in love, incurring the jealousy of Ah Lim, who is the son of a rival gangster clan. Working with non-professional actors, the film interweaves drama with dream-like sequences to portray the psychological realism of a blind massage family and their problems with the local gangs. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival 1999, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing at the Golden Horse Film Festival 1999, this film has rarely been screened internationally in the past two decades.

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  • Mental

    Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
    Japan, United States | 2008
    135 mins
    PG
    Japanese, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Country exclusions apply, see Exclusions for details.

    Mental is a documentary that observes the complex world of a unique outpatient mental health clinic in Japan. Weaving together the voices of patients, Dr Yamamoto, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers, the film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental illness and captures the lives of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, a sense of shame, apprehension and social anxiety. Winner of Best Documentary at Busan Film Festival 2008 and at Dubai Film Festival 2008.

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  • Moral

    Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
    Philippines | 1982
    138 mins
    R21 (Mature Theme)
    Tagalog, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Joey (Lorna Tolentino) is a junkie who’s in love with an activist. Kathy (Gina Alajar) is a mediocre singer who wants to be a star. Sylvia (Sandy Andolong) is a lawyer who finds security in the love of her gay ex-husband. Maritess (Anna Marin) is a teen housewife who’s treated as a baby factory by her conservative husband. How do these four women face the challenges of living in a patriarchal society? Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and written by Ricky Lee, this is an important feminist film from Asia that weaves together the conversations of four women with much generosity and empathy. This film is restored by ABS-CBN at the L’Immagine Ritrovata. Winner of Best Screenplay, Metro Manila Film Festival 1982 and Best Supporting Actress, FAMAS Award in Philippines 1982.

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  • Talentime

    Directed by Yasmin Ahmad
    Malaysia | 2009
    120 mins
    PG (Some Coarse Language)
    English, Hindi, Tamil, Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin, with English Subtitles

    A music teacher organises a talent contest to celebrate her school’s 70th anniversary. Malay-mixed Melur serenades deaf Indian boy Mahesh who is assigned to escort her home from auditions. Chinese Kahoe puts pressure on himself to defeat his Malay rival Hafiz. Although they come from different family backgrounds and are each facing their own problems, music binds them together. As with other Yasmin Ahmad’s films, the youths inherit much of the racial prejudices from their parents but luckily, they are more inclined to friendship and love. The swan song of Yasmin brings us a chorus of hope, humour and sentimentality. Winner of Best Southeast Asian Film, Cinemanila Film Festival 2009 and Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Malaysia Film Festival 2009.

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  • The Last Mile: On The Road to Eliminate Leprosy

    Directed by Naohiro Asano
    Japan | 2017
    104 mins
    PG
    Japanese, with English and Japanese Subtitles

    Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, has been abhorred by the human race for centuries. However, the facts about the disease and the denial of basic human rights through prejudice and discrimination have remained hidden in the shadows. For more than 40 years, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, Yohei Sasakawa, has waged a war on the disease. From a Pigmy village of 23 people to Vatican City in Rome, this documentary – edited from more than 1,600 hours of footage – captures Sasakawa’s journey around the world, to 50 locations in 20 countries. His bid to eradicate leprosy and restore human dignity is not over. Can we finally overcome the stigma of leprosy? Winner of 1st Festival Award at the 5th International Documanter Festival Of Ierapatra.

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Short Films

  • A Long Journey for the First Steps

    A Long Journey for the First Steps

    Directed by Ratko Stojiljkovic, Julia Minet, Jasmina Mustafic
    Slovenia | 2017
    14 mins
    PG
    Arabic, with English Subtitles

    The real life experiences of children and parents from Palestine on their arrival in Slovenia as part of the humanitarian project “Rehabilitation of children victims of war in Gaza”. The main characters are seven-year-old Baylasan and her mother Amal, and their shared wish that Baylasan can one day walk like other children.

    Coming Soon

  • Dahdi

    Dahdi

    Directed by Kirsten Tan
    Singapore | 2014
    18 mins
    PG
    English, Mandarin, Malay, with English Subtitles

    What do you do when you discover an asylum-seeker in your home? Inspired by a 2012 event in which 40 Burmese Rohingya asylum seekers arrived in Singapore, this is a story about an elderly widow’s moral dilemma over her unexpected dinner guest. Winner of Best Southeast Asian Short Film at the Singapore Film Festival 2014.

    Coming Soon

  • Dance to Life

    Dance to Life

    Directed by Raisa Bautista
    Philippines | 2019
    4 mins
    PG
    English, Tagalog, with English Subtitles

    Every Saturday, a group of children with different conditions, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, gather with caregivers and volunteers in a hall on the grounds of a church in Quezon City to practise their moves via an intervention tool called, Rope of Hope.

    Coming Soon

  • Dignity With Flowers

    Dignity With Flowers

    Directed by Gautam Pemmaraju
    India | 2018
    5 mins
    PG
    English, Hindi with English Subtitles

    A social enterprise that collects waste flowers from temples and shrines and makes organic products including incense sticks, vermi-compost, a biodegradable styrofoam substitute, and a bio leather. By preventing flowers from entering the water system of the Ganges and employing marginalized Dalit women, the enterprise has carved a unique niche in preventing water pollution and enabling and empowering women in India. This film was a winner of the SIMA 2019 Jury Award, a Finalist in the Webby Awards 2020 – Diversity & Inclusion and a Finalist in the Shorty Social Good Awards 2019.

    Coming Soon

  • Elsewhere

    Elsewhere

    Directed by Cesare Cka Cicardini
    Italy | 2015
    18 mins
    PG
    Italian, with English Subtitles

    Simone has a clear idea: he wants to fly away. He wants to do it alone, but brings us along, to a distant place, Elsewhere. This is a story about a trip beyond boundaries: beyond Italy and beyond the boundaries drawn by the words “Down Syndrome”. It offers a glimpse into the inner life of a person with Down Syndrome who, besides suffering and struggling to accept his condition, wants to offer people a different perspective of life. This film won the Grand Jury Prize, International Short Film at Bluenose Ability Arts Festival 2015.

    Coming Soon

  • Here Away

    Here Away

    Directed by Amin Kamrani
    Malaysia | 2019
    5 mins
    PG
    Arabic, with English Subtitles

    Yusra, a refugee from Yemen and a single mother living in Malaysia, inspires others with her fearlessness and resilience. Despite her uncertain situation, she is an active community leader who strives to help other refugees cope.

    Coming Soon

  • Insight Within

    Insight Within

    Directed by Vijay S. Jodha
    India | 2020
    9 mins
    PG
    English, with English Subtitles

    When a successful dentist’s personal and professional life came to an abrupt halt because of a vision-impairing condition, he was determined to adapt and help others facing similar challenges. This is the inspiring story of the New Delhi man who started a training programme for eight differently abled students and has now trained more than 18,000. Some 16,000 of them have found employment in different industries.

    Coming Soon

  • Lovely Bones

    Lovely Bones

    Directed by Nwaye Zar Che Soe
    Myanmar | 2015
    16 mins
    PG
    Myanmar Language, with English Subtitles

    An uncommon love story. Pauk Gyi earns a living ferrying people back and forth over the Ngawon River in Myanmar’s Delta. He and his wife share a deep attachment that transcends all manner of obstacles – including his own lifelong disability. This film was given the Second Award, We Care Film Festival 2015.

    Coming Soon

  • Many Notes, One Melody

    Many Notes, One Melody

    Directed by Anshul Tiwari
    India | 2018
    6 mins
    PG
    Tamil, Nepali, Gujarati, Sanskrit, English, with English Subtitles

    Chennai Children’s Choir, created by NalandaWay Foundation, bridges the divisions between children from different backgrounds of caste, social class and ability. The choir sings with perfect diction in Telugu, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Kannada, and English and recently performed at the Kennedy Center’s Serenade! Choral Festival and the Singapore International Choral Festival.

    Coming Soon

  • Over The Horizon

    Over The Horizon

    Directed by Ivan Sosnin
    Russia | 2017
    5 mins
    PG
    Russian, with English Subtitles

    Alexander Zhuravlev, a blind photographer from Russia, took a step beyond the horizon of his own possibilities. With only 2% of residual vision, Alexander realized some years ago that he would not sign a verdict for himself and would not become an invalid. Travelling around Russia and the rest of the world, he began taking pictures, and with a smartphone, he showed the world to sighted people. This film was given the First Award, We Care film Festival 2017.

    Coming Soon

  • Poop on Poverty

    Poop on Poverty

    Directed by Vijay S. Jodha
    India | 2013/2014
    7 mins
    PG
    English, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, with English Subtitles

    Set on the edge of India’s Thar Desert and in the middle of the world’s largest camel fair, this film looks at the underbelly of one of world’s most popular tourist destinations. The film is a tribute to human ingenuity and sound environmental practice, and highlights a challenge faced by some two billion people on our planet every single day. Poop on Poverty has won numerous awards including Best Film Golden Horseshoe Grand Prix, Asterfest 2014, Best Film Award (Documentary), Film Leben Festival 2014 and Audience Favorite, Linconnu Festival 2015.

    Coming Soon

  • Stand By Me Music Video

    Stand By Me Music Video

    Directed by Sydney Tan
    Singapore | 2020
    4 mins
    PG
    English, with English Subtitles

    At the height of the global pandemic earlier this year, True Colors Festival wanted to send a message of hope and positivity to people everywhere. It also wanted to draw attention to the plight of the world’s largest minority – people with disabilities – who were facing unprecedented and under-reported challenges. Enter 46 singers, dancers and musicians from 15 countries/areas who “got together” to perform an updated and stirring rendition of the classic Ben E. King hit “Stand By Me”.

    Coming Soon

  • The Soul of Sophanna's Song

    The Soul of Sophanna's Song

    Directed by Juliana Tan
    Cambodia | 2017
    5 mins
    PG
    Khmer, with English Subtitles

    Sophanna is a singer, composer, music and English teacher, overall inspiration. Orphaned at six, paralysed at 10 and given a year to live, he has experienced unimaginable loss and pain. And he chose light and service to others, as exemplified by his father. The documentary won the Silver Medal for Documentary Short, Asia South East Short Film Festival 2018.

    Coming Soon

  • Traveller

    Traveller

    Directed by Pyae Zaw Phyo, Mine Aung Linn Htun, Nway Zar Che Soe
    Myanmar | 2014
    24 mins
    PG
    Myanmar Language, with English Subtitles

    This is a story about a woman of strength and bravery, a woman who never gives up. Disabled since childhood, she’s overcome much hardship and discrimination and is on a mission to create a barrier-free society not just for herself, but for other disabled people, and to eliminate discrimination.

    Coming Soon

  • True Colors Dance 01-01: The Story of ILL-ABILITIES™

    True Colors Dance 01-01: The Story of ILL-ABILITIES™

    Directed by Yasuhiro Tamura (EXIT FILM inc.)
    Japan | 2019
    12 mins
    PG
    English, with English Subtitles

    International breakdance crew ILL-ABILITIES™ has proven that dance is a language all of its own. In the first of this three-part series, we are introduced to the crew and find out how ILL-ABLITIES™ started out.

    Coming Soon

  • True Colors Dance 01-02: The Performance of ILL-ABILITIES™

    True Colors Dance 01-02: The Performance of ILL-ABILITIES™

    Directed by Yasuhiro Tamura (EXIT FILM inc.)
    Japan | 2019
    12 mins
    PG
    English, with English Subtitles

    International breakdance crew ILL-ABILITIES™ has proven that dance is a language all of its own. This second part of the series captures the crew rehearsing and gearing up before a show-stopping performance in Tokyo.

    Coming Soon

  • True Colors Dance 01-02: The Performance of ILL-ABILITIES™

    True Colors Dance 01-02: The Performance of ILL-ABILITIES™

    Directed by Yasuhiro Tamura (EXIT FILM inc.)
    Japan | 2019
    12 mins
    PG
    English, with English Subtitles

    International breakdance crew ILL-ABILITIES™ has proven that dance is a language all of its own. This second part of the series captures the crew rehearsing and gearing up before a show-stopping performance in Tokyo.

    Coming Soon

  • White Carnations

    White Carnations

    Directed by Tang Wan Xin
    Singapore | 2017
    11 minutes
    PG (Some Violence)
    English, Mandarin, with English Subtitles

    The single mother of a special needs son struggles to keep her head above water as she faces poverty, isolation and frustration.

    Coming Soon

Creative Team

Producer Teo Swee Leng
Curation Team Tan Bee Thiam
Noor Mohamed Hakimi Bin Razmi
Ryan Choo Zong Xian
Curation & Production Support The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS (DITA)
Outreach & Administrative Manager Sarina Sahari
Digital & Social Media Marketing
Trailer Producer Sushil Nedyavila
Trailer Soundtrack Nadi Singapura
Executive Producer Audrey Perera

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Organized by True Colors Festival Teams, Tokyo & Singapore
Presented by The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS (DITA)
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True Colors Festival 2020/2021

True Colors Festival (TCF) presented by The Nippon Foundation is a series of performing arts events presented across geographies, in celebration of diversity and inclusion as “One World One Family.”

Through festivals since 2006 in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Japan, TCF has presented more than 1,100 performing artists from more than 30 countries and attracted more than 40,000 people.

The re-start of TCF 2020/2021 marks its commitment to tap on the power of the arts to connect artists and audiences in experiences such as music videos, film screenings, children’s programs, musicals, concerts, and workshops.

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