The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) kicks off its first film festival Rewind / Remind on Sunday May 24 with local short films, all produced by recipients of the irememberSG fund that’s dedicated to collecting and showcasing memories of Singapore.
Held at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library in the National Library, there will be screenings of several short films as well as well-known local director Royston’s Tan’s latest feature film Old Friends. It’s the final instalment in the trilogy that includes Old Place and Old Romances and this time focuses on Singaporean food and the people who pioneered those flavors.
In case you’re wondering, SMP did that touching video of an elderly local couple’s inter-racial love story that got over 380,000 on Facebook since it was posted, a month ago (irememberSG is SMP’s accompanying FB page). If that’s anything to go by, you know you’re going to be getting a whole bunch of films that will tug at those heart strings.
Other films on show are Autograph Book, a film that packs a nostalgic punch and revolves around the tender friendship between two 12-year-old girls. Then there’s The Studio that takes you back to the glorious days of famed local recording studio, the Lion Studios. And finally, The Violin is an animated film detailing Singapore’s journey and struggles.
Don’t worry, even if you can’t make it to NLB on May 24. These short films and a whole bunch of local-centric films will be making its way to other libraries around town. Even though it’s free entry, there are limited spots so secure your seats here and for a full list of films, go here.