A documentary film that explores the uncomfortable side of the Singaporean identity, through the lens of three comedians who take a leap of faith in their own identities.
The film is an exploration of the Singaporean identity through conversations with comedians who goes skin deep in talking about uncomfortable issues through their comedy connecting with Singaporeans. This will be uncovered through interviews, the shows they perform, exclusive backstage footage, and a day in their lives beyond the persona on stage. The documentary is also exploring the use of archival materials, poetic imagery and soundscapes to bring to life the Singaporean identity that sometimes goes unnoticed.
Boys Don’t Dance is a narrative film that both questions and celebrates the right of individuality in a conformist and homophobic society through the eyes of a queer boy named Ono.
Ono aspires to be a ballet dancer but it is quite impossible in his society. He is in love with one of his school’s athletes, Ryan, who is in love with him back but doesn’t want to be found out. One day, after getting beaten up by Ryan’s teammates, Ono falls into another world and meets a group of circus performers who show him that he can be whoever he wants to be.
I spent 20 years outside of my country of birth, Singapore. As a child my family relocated often, and I floated between different environments, each with different comfort zones, conversations and food. I developed a childhood routine of finding comfort and familiarity in small details – did these strangers leave their shoes on or take them off before entering a home? What was the most popular brand of instant coffee? Is the way they speak at home the same way they’d speak at a job interview? Doing this helped me find continuity and piece together the world around me.
The Fourth island explores three far-apart islands, Mauritius, Singapore and O’ahu, Hawai’i – as focal points to discuss home and identity as a fluid entities. Not bound by four walls or one country, but entities that sail in all directions across the Earth and are inherited by people who don’t know just how much their daily lives intersect with those of strangers across the oceans.
‘Pantang’ attempts to discuss the significance of death and remembrance of identity through a multidimensional exhibition. Using the play of perspectives and stimulation of different realities of mortality, ‘Pantang’ intends to open a discourse around cultural practices, remembrance and respect on our individuality; for who you are is intrinsically tied to your own life and death. These realities will reflect how death is confronted in the contemporary society.
Through the exhibition, “pantang-ness” is being deconstructed and viewers will be led to affront to their identity as they explore the different dimensions of life and death.