B-Sides – 15 Shorts Film Screening

17 Nov, Sat
Time: 5pm–10pm
Venue: Block B, #01-03
15 Shorts

festival, screening : film

B-Sides – 15 Shorts Film Screening

17 Nov, Sat
Time: 5pm–10pm
Venue: Block B, #01-03
15 Shorts

festival, screening : film

Telling stories of Singaporeans from the 1970s to the 1990s through a series of short films, this groundbreaking project in support of the SG Cares movement is a collaboration between 15 local filmmakers, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, and film company, Blue3Asia.

The 15 Shorts film project showcases lesser-told stories of everyday Singaporean heroes in the 1970s to the 1990s, aimed at inspiring acts of giving. The films aim to raise awareness on critical and emergent social issues such as, social isolation faced by the elderly, identification and support of learning disabilities and autism, as well as the fair treatment of migrant workers.

Catch the first five released short films here at Goodman B-sides in the lead-up to NVPC’s Giving Week, where 5 more new films will be unveiled.

FILM SCREENING TIME BELTS

  • 5pm - 6.30pm
  • 7pm - 8.30pm
  • 8.30pm - 10pm

All five films will be screened within each time belt, order of films will be listed at the venue.


SYNOPSES

one

One At A Time by Daniel Yam 

At 67 years old, Hsu founded the Home of the Aged Sick, one of the first homes for the sick elderly in Singapore, where she worked tirelessly as the matron of the home, before being made to retire from the home at 85. Following retirement, Hsu continued to care for the poor in her own capacity, such as by collecting old clothes for needy families, and founded Heart-to-Heart Service, a non-profit, informal direct-help service.

This short film tells the inspiring story of Teresa Hsu, a well-known Chinese-born Singaporean social worker, charting her life's turning points and what shaped her relentless spirit of giving.

Story set in mid-1980s.

This show is rated PG.

waiting

Waiting Room by Nicole Midori Woodford

A poetic reflection on death, and friendship, Tommy Yu is a man who opens up his life and home to help those who are all alone in their last hour, as they move from the world of the living to the dead. This film shows the human bond between Tommy and those who have passed, through the simplicity of his gestures.

Story set in 1990s.

This show is rated PG.

shelter

Shelter by Sean Ng

A 17-year-old Aaron  is left in debt and  homeless together with his  mother and younger sister after being abandoned by his father.  They are forced to live in a tent at East Coast Park, against  the backdrop of metropolitan, developing Singapore. The family meets  a suspicious Indian man named Rashid, who claims to want to help them.  

Shelter  focuses on  a family’s spirited  fight against cruel circumstances,  and how Rashid restores their faith  in people.  This film creates conversations  and provokes thoughts about racial stereotypes and  prejudice in our society.


Story set in 1998.

This show is rated PG13.

alibaba

Ali Baba by Randy Ang

In 1997, journalist Augustine Pang braves the risks of breaking the news of an illegal immigrant left for dead by his employer in the forested areas of Singapore. In a time when stories on migrant workers were still largely untold, this film portrays the dilemma that we often face in life—choosing to embark on the right path or the easier one. Augustine's persistence to stand up for minorities in our community is both, challenges convention in the newsroom, and his life is forever changed by the experience.

Story set in 1997.

This show is rated PG.

buddy

The Buddy  by Jason Lee

Hidayat is an 8-year-old boy tasked to be a buddy to his classmate, Tam, and finds that he is frightened by Tam's erratic behaviour. Despite having Tam's parents and teachers dismiss him as reclusive and "weird", Hidayat chooses to accept Tam as different and tries to understand his behaviour and the two develop a special relationship. Although Tam's condition is not explicitly stated, the film addresses the topic of autism, and the lack of knowledge behind this disorder, especially in the 90s. Delivered in the spirit of acceptance, the film aims to portray the innocence of childhood, and centers on Hidayat’s dilemma in doing the right thing for his friend.

Story set in the mid-1990s

This show is rated PG.


This programme is a part of Goodman B-sides, click here to find out more!

 

 

 

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