United States 2018, 96 min, English, Hebrew & English subtitles
The film Sandi Tan wrote and directed in the ’90s was the complete antithesis to Singapore’s culture of those days: wild, daring, exuberant and unshackled. Tan and her friends spent months shooting a homemade cult film, recruiting relatives and passersby, dogs and horses. And then came George – part teacher, part guru – and disappeared along with all the footage.
25 years after the filming of the original Shirkers, Tan returns to Singapore to reopen the time capsule and figure out what happened. Intercut with uncovered parts of the original footage that were found unexpectedly, her encounters with the friends who helped make the film tell a funny and touching story about friendship, youth and art, and lead her to the solution of the big mystery.
Previous Festivals:Sundance, True / False
- Thu 17.05 21:30 Cinemateque 1
- Fri 18.05 21:15 Cinemateque 2
Short introduction by Ishai Adar
Production: Sandi Tan, Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph
Production Company: Cinereach
Editing: Lucas Celler, Kimberley Hassett, Sandi Tan
Cinematography: Iris Ng
Soundtrack: Lawrence Everson
Music: Ishai Adar
Sandi’s short films have played at over 100 festivals including the New York Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand. She was a 2016 Fellow of the Sundance Documentary Film Program and won the Directing award in World Cinema Documentary at Sundance 2018 for Shirkers. She lives in Pasadena, California.