REMEMBER CHEK JAWA
Courtesy of Remember Chek Jawa
Directed by: Eric Youwei Lin
Venue: Embassy of Singapore
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REMEMBER CHEK JAWA (Singapore, 2007, 47 min.)
In January 2001 local conservationists discovered an inter-tidal area on Pulau Ubin Island in Singapore, encompassing six habitats within one square kilometer — coastal forest, mangrove, sandy beach, sand and mud flats and coral rubble. Known as Chek Jawa, this amazingly rich area of marine biodiversity, with sand dollars, starfish, sea horses, sponges, anemones and octopi, has drawn thousands of visitors. Unfortunately, this magnificent shore had an expiration date. The tiny nation-state of Singapore has always struggled with land scarcity issues and the government had approved plans to reclaim this land on Pulau Ubin. With reclamation just months away, most Singaporeans were resigned to losing Chek Jawa. However, several groups of passionate volunteers refused to give up on this precious slice of nature. They educated, publicized, documented and provided feedback to the government about the importance of this unique natural area. The film tells the story of one of these special groups of individuals who came together from all walks of life to make a difference against the odds. In Mandarin and English with English subtitles. Directed & produced by Eric Youwei Lin.
Introduced by Gouri Mirpuri, writer, activist and wife of the Ambassador of Singapore, H.E. Ashok Mirpuri.
FREE. Reservations required. Please email Kelley_Rucker@sgmfa.gov.sg