Commissioned by the National Heritage Board, enjoy three short films that explore themes of racial harmony, sacrifice and integration this National Day. Free to watch on Roots SG’s youtube channel, these films are shot at familiar spots in Singapore and tell stories that many Singaporeans can connect with. Here are the three National Day short films you can enjoy.
Three National Day Short Films
For Your 55th
“For Your 55th” is a short and touching 3-minute film that gives a glimpse at the struggles of a couple from different communities back in the 1920s. The story starts with meeting two different iconic figures in Singapore and our history: a rickshaw rider and a St Andrews Mission hospital nurse. Watch as they navigate going against the norms of culture.
As Singapore continues to challenge the notions of culture and belonging, watch how the stories have evolved and remained the same, while reflecting on how we can progress forward. This film is one that we think is especially relevant with the national conversations that have been happening around the topic of race. Watch “For Your 55th” below or at the link here.
Once Upon a Time in Katong
Two friends find their notions of culture and belonging challenged as they navigate one of Singapore’s most well-loved neighbourhoods – Katong. Featuring many iconic and well-loved landmarks, take a visual tour around one of Singapore’s most well-loved neighbourhoods.
We enjoyed this story as it allowed us to reflect on the messages we heard from a different perspective. Watch “Once Upon a Time in Katong” below or at the link here.
What I’ve Always Wanted to Say
Peels back layers of time to reveal the untold sacrifices of a father, and his heart for his son. “What I’ve Always Wanted to Say” is a story told from a reminiscing son’s perspective who is getting ready to run his first big race at the National Youth Sports Institute. The son starts by revealing how he was training in the same building that his dad used to back in his days at the old Police Coast Guard Headquarters.
We enjoyed discovering the “generation of stories in one building” as the video overlays video footage from the past into present spaces and faces. Although it is the shortest of the three videos, the messages were clear and gave a nod to the athletes who represent us and the military people who defend our country.
Watch “What I’ve Always Wanted to Say” at the link below.