Religious Procession

Religious Procession is a documentary film that looks at public religious processions undertaken by two major religious groups in Singapore, Hinduism and Taoism. The project aims to explore their use of public space, and the harmonious and differing elements of the rituals they practice. By extension, the project hopes to interrogate various aspects of perceptions and the practice of religion, and art-making, including notions of religious harmony, prescribed or otherwise, and the gaze of the documentarian.

  • Dave Lim
    Director
  • Adar Ng
    Additional Cameras
  • Kathy Poh
    Additional Cameras
  • Nan Fu Xue Shan Temple
    Collaborators
  • Dave Lim
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Singapore
  • Country of Filming:
    Singapore
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Singapore Shorts
    Singapore
    Singapore
    August 11, 2019
    World
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Dave Lim

Dave Lim is a visual artist with a photojournalistic background. He graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Urban Studies. He is interested in the temporal landscapes that human create and participate in. He has been awarded the Singapore Young Photographer Award in 2018 and has participated in a residency at the School of Visual Arts, New York City.

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Director Statement

As a non-religious person, I have always considered the moment of trance by spirit mediums as performative. This was so till the moment that I saw the spirit mediums of my temple help a teenager (not associated with the temple) break out of the trance in the middle of a cemetery at 2am.

From there, I started to shoot a story on the respecting of differences in value systems that are constructed by our upbringings and religious differences.