Frozen War exhibiting at The Arts House
Jeremy speaking to Mr Tobias Epprechte, Head of Regional Delegation, and members of his delegation at The Arts House Print Gallery.
Jeremy Boo, winner of the ICRC Young Reporter Competition, is exhibiting Frozen War, an anthology of personal stories that chronicles the long-term psychological effects of war in Georgia, at the Print Gallery of The Arts House at The Old Parliament from 27 August to 9 September 2012.
He chose to focus on long-term psychological effects of war as it is an aspect of war that is seldom covered by mass media. Yet, its effects and repercussions can be felt and even passed down for generations. Georgia is a suitable country as it experienced two wars in recent history.
In the last 20 years, Georgians were evicted from their homes by two wars. The first started, as the Soviet Union collapsed, in two regions — Abkhazia and South Ossetia. While Georgia assumes that these areas are part of Georgia, Russia and other separatists asserts they are independent entities. The war purged people from their homes and killed countless others. The ones who have pieced their lives together lost everything again when war struck the second time in 2008.
Today, even as Georgia declares itself ʻWorld Number One Reformerʼ, many Georgians live in past they cannot find closure for. And as the country inches forward in a suspended state of conflict and peace, both young and old struggle to move on.
Frozen War is an anthology of dreams that Georgians have shared in their recollections of a past they cannot let go, in their poignant thoughts about life, and in their tenacious march into the future.
Jeremy’s reportage mission to Georgia was funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for his Young Reporter Competition win. The exhibition is presented by Hachisu and supported by the ICRC and The Arts House at The Old Parliament.
About the ICRC
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by armed conflict and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems from the Geneva Conventions of 1949.
About Jeremy Boo
Jeremy is a winner of the 2010 ICRC Young Reporter Competition. His intrigue of the human condition drives his work as a journalist and documentarian. He reads Political Science & Economics at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
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Before We Forget premieres at the Southeast Asian Film Festival
Before We Forget, produced by Hachisu, will premiere as an Official Selection at the Southeast Asian Film Festival 2012. The Festival is presented by the Singapore Art Museum. Jeremy and Xian Jie will be present for a post-screening discussion.
Saturday, 24 March 7:30pm
Moving Image Gallery, Level 2,
SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street
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Select audience previews Before We Forget
Xian Jie and Jeremy speak during the Dialogue with the Directors after the Launch Screening for Media and Invited Guests.
Hachisu and the Lien Foundation presented two preview screenings of the Before We Forget documentary at The Arts House at The Old Parliament last Saturday for members of the press and invited guests. The film will be released in late 2012. Here are some thoughts from people who attended the screening:
“Before We Forget is a very well made film on a very important subject. In this materialistic, consumerist world we live in, dementia is something people should be talking more about.
Alex Au, Yawningbread.org
“I look forward to more sensitive Singapore-related films, from a new set of eyes!
Juan Foo, Media Development Authority, Singapore
“Meeting Jeremy and Xian Jie was one of the highlights of my working experience, and the film continues to fill me with much encouragement.
Dr Chris Lien, Geriatrician
The directors would like to thank the Health Promotion Board for sponsoring the event, and venue sponsor The Arts House. More photographs of the preview screenings are on the Before We Forget Facebook page.
Jeremy presenting Frozen War in Geneva
- Jeremy outside the ICRC sub-delegation in Gori.
- At work photographing Georgians who were bombed during the 2008 South Ossetia War.
An exhibition of Jeremy’s work in Georgia will be presented at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 5 May. He was one of 5 winners of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) inaugural Young Reporter Competition.
Frozen War is a 8,500-word anthology of memories and dreams that Georgians have shared in their recollections of a past they are unwilling to let go, in their poignant thoughts about life, and in their tenacious march into the future. They hold dreams as their shields in a country still suspended in a vexing predicament that is neither war nor peacetime.
An edited excerpt will be released by the ICRC on 5 May. The full story will be uploaded to our blog.
Jeremy returned today from the Republic of Georgia on a trip sponsored and organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross. His story, Home, about the struggles of the poor in Manila won him a place as one of 5 winners in the ICRC’s Young Reporter Competition 2010. He will be presenting his stories about Georgia on 8 May, World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Work starts on Before We Forget
The Lien Foundation has partnered Hachisu to produce and manage a new initiative called Before We Forget to foster public discussions and awareness about dementia. It is part of Life Before Death campaign spearheaded by the Lien Foundation.
A documentary is being produced and is expected launch in September online through Youtube, Vimeo and other popular video websites. It will also be screened at an exhibition to be held in Singapore. Stories about experiences with dementia are being compiled and will be released on the website, www.beforeweforget.org.