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2014 Films

Stories from the Small Red Dot


7:00 PM
Directed by: various
Venue: Embassy of The Republic of Singapore

Stories from the Small Red Dot

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF KNOWING (Singapore, 2010, 12 min.) Learn about ordinary spaces—a corridor, a neighborhood mosque, a canal—where great tragedies have occurred. Looking at these sites, you would not know that anything remarkable happened there since there are no marks or commemorative plaques. Despite Singapore’s hyper-urban and sterile appearance, this terrain is still wrought with emotions. Directed and produced by Tan Pin Pin.

THE LION CITY (Australia, 2012, 3 min.) Experience the city of Singapore—its streets, skyscrapers, traffic and manufacturing—as it goes from day into night. Using the tilt shift technique, this film enables viewers to almost feel the city’s heat and humidity. Produced by Keith Loutit.

CIVIC LIFE: TIONG BAHRU (UK, 2010, 20 min.) Engage with the residents, traders and users of the Tiong Bahru neighborhood of Singapore, which features unique architecture and design. Over the course of a single afternoon, this thoughtful film documents the story of three Tiong Bahru residents, and explores ideas of belonging, place and family. Directed and produced by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy.

MEET MR. TOILET (Singapore, 2012, 3 min.) Without access to a simple toilet, people are vulnerable to deadly diseases. Businessman-turned-sanitation-superhero Jack Sim fights this oft-neglected crisis affecting 2.6 billion people. Directed by Jessica Yu.

PENGHULU (Singapore, 2013, 17 min.) Pak Suleh used to be the Penghulu (headman) of his village, but five years ago, the government relocated his family to an HDB flat on the mainland. Life is very different for him, cooped up in this “birdhouse.” Without a village to tend, Pak Suleh feels lost. Adapted from Pak Suleh (from Penghulu) by Suratman Markasan. Directed and produced by Lillian Wang.

Introduced by Gouri Mirpuri, writer, activist and wife of the Ambassador of Singapore, H.E. Ashok Mirpuri.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. Reservations are required. Please email

Embassy of The Republic of Singapore
3501 International Place, NW
(Metro: Van Ness-UDC)

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