To Singapore, With Love

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One-and-a-half years in the making, To Singapore, with Love, the new documentary by Singapore director Tan Pin Pin, premiered at the Busan International Film Festival on October 6, 2013. It became Cine21 Busan Daily’s Critics’ Choice. She is looking to release the documentary in Singapore in early 2014, but will the film’s politically sensitive subject matter pass the censors?

The film synopsis from Tan’s website:

“To Singapore, with Love is a film about Singapore political exiles some who haven’t been back for more than 50 years. The exiles ruminate about their lives away from home. Its a portrait of Singapore, from the outside.

Director Tan Pin Pin attends a funeral in the hills of southern Thailand, a family reunion in Malaysia and goes for a drive through the English countryside, searching the world for the displaced souls of Singapore: different generations of Singaporean political exiles who have not been able to come home. Some have not returned for 50 years. She finds out how they have lived their lives away and how they still view the Singapore of their dreams. As they recount their lives to us, we see a City that could have been. A love letter to Singapore, shot entirely outside the country.”

SP: Why did you make the film? 

Tan Pin Pin: I wanted to find out how we came to be.

About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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