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A Month of Hungry Ghosts is a 2,008 film about the seventh-lunar-month Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore. A Month of Hungry Ghosts is directed by Singapore-based American director Tony Kern and produced by Genevieve Woo, a TV news anchor and producer with Channel NewsAsia, and Tony Kern. The film was released locally in Singapore on August 7, 2,008. The film is distributed by Golden Village Pictures, and premiered at Golden Village VivoCity, Golden Village Plaza and Sinema Old School.
In parts of Asia each year, during the seventh lunar month, it is believed that the gates of Hell are opened and all the souls are set free to wander the Earth. At this time, many spirits roam around trying to fulfill their past needs, wants and desires. These are the "hungry ghosts". Numerous religious rituals and folk performances, like street operas, take place during the seventh lunar month in order to try and appease the spirits.
This film captures the seventh-lunar-month rituals in Singapore, a world-class centre of business and culture inhabited by many different immigrants from other Asian countries. While the hungry-ghost rituals originated in China and are still practised throughout South-east Asia in various forms, they are slowly dying out in many countries or may only be performed for several days of the month.
Singapore is unique in that the rituals are brought to life throughout the entire seventh lunar month. At the same time, the immigrants in Singapore have brought their own native rituals to the small island nation where the hungry-ghost month still thrives. A Month of Hungry Ghosts captures these rituals and performances throughout an entire seventh lunar month in Singapore.
Tony Kern - Director/Producer
Tony Kerns works include narrative, documentary and animated films and videos. He owns a stock footage company TK Time-Lapse and won a Silver Award at the 2,004 International Promax and BDA Awards and an Audience Choice Award for The Spooky Incident at the 2,002 World Horror Film Festival.
Genevieve Woo - Producer
Genevieve Woo is a TV news producer-anchor with Channel NewsAsia and anchors the channels highly-rated Singapore Tonite every weekday at 10pm. She was formerly a copywriter in advertising and an newspaper editor. She also owns Vintage Bunny, an online jewerly store specializing in original handmade and authentic vintage jewelry.