INTER-MEZZO is an experimental triptych of independent yet inter-related shorts that treats the voice as a metaphor for political voice. Stephen Chen traces his journey as a male mezzo, faced with prejudice and marginalization back in Singapore, and later in North America. The schooling and suppression of his voice becomes interwoven with his experiences of colonialism and exile.
DEEP THROAT, HIGH PALATE – the third in the INTER-MEZZO triptych utilizes “experimental” documentary techniques to reflect on critical artistic praxis in an age of nationalism and commodification, and whether it is possible to move from difference for the sake of, to a genuine and broader difference. Stephen traces the rediscovery of his voice through obstacles and biases of colonialism and repression, to ultimately transform and transcend the degraded material and past.
INTER-MEZZO is as much a documentary of performance as it is a performance of documentary; with its experimental mix of documentary, performance, performance art, biography, and humor to bracket the “objectivity” of verite aesthetics and the fetishizing of subjects. Deliberately and revelling in its low-budget, it posits itself against the increasing clamour of superficial style and production values vs. content and commentary. Ultimately, INTER-MEZZO is about questioning norms and boundaries others accept as “natural”, and finding one’s voice amidst suppression and exclusion.
RUNNING TIME: 23:00 | COMPLETED: 01/13 | DIRECTOR: STEPHEN CHEN | DISTRIBUTOR: