Morality against legality. That’s what inspired Singaporean filmmaker Kirsten Tan, 33, to shoot ‘Dahdi,’ a short film that won the Best Southeast Asia Short Film award at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) Silver Screen Awards.
The idea behind the film came about after Tan read a news story in December 2012 about a group of Rohingya refugees who were turned away by the Singapore authorities.
“I felt emotional and upset about the news, so I decided to make a film on a hypothetical situation based on that, Tan said.
The film revolves around a young Rohingya girl who escapes and is found by an old lady in her home in Singapore and the conversations they have before the police arrive to take her away.
“This was my thesis film for my masters at New York University, and probably my last short film before moving on to feature films.
“It felt meaningful to come back to Singapore for this because I made my first short film here,” said Tan, who will soon be embarking on a featureRead More »from Singaporean filmmakers speak up through film