Catch new and award-winning flicks that cast the spotlight on kids

After a year of hosting virtual watch parties and online discussion sessions, the Singapore Film Society (SFS) is finally presenting its first showcase of 2021 this April.

Part of an ongoing series of curated film programmes, the SFS showcase is a thematic, mini film festival that takes the theme of Children in Society, featuring acclaimed films from Bhutan, Iran and the Philippines.

Happening from Apr 2-10 at Golden Village Suntec City, Children in Society will explore concerns facing our next generation by casting the spotlight on the younger ones.

First, check out Sun Children, the latest film by celebrated Iranian director Majid Majidi (Children of Heaven, The Colour of Paradise) that follows the story of 12-year-old Ali and his friends as they work to afford their families a living.

Then there’s John Denver Trending, a New Currents Award nominee at the Busan International Film Festival which sees a young boy’s life turned upside down when a video of him attacking a classmate goes viral.


Finally, all should catch Bhutanese director Pawo Choyning Dorji’s Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, a movie about an aspiring singer who lives with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan and dreams of getting a visa to relocate to Australia.

Besides the films, audiences can also join in-person movie discussion sessions post-screening. Sign-up for a Kopi & Movi sesh here to share your thoughts on the films and theme. Limited to the first seven sign-ups per session, the meeting will be facilitated by an SFS committee member.

So be sure to grab your tickets and sign-up for the discussions early to avoid disappointment; these meaningful international flicks are sure to interest any film buff.

The Children in Society film showcase runs from Apr 2-10 at Golden Village Suntec City. More information available here.