SINGAPORE GAGA
Saturday July 01st 2006, 5:02 pm
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Singapore GaGa (新加坡风) is a 55-minute paean to the quirkiness of the Singaporean aural landscape. It reveals Singapore’s past and present with a delight and humour that makes it a necessary film for all Singaporeans. We hear buskers, street vendors, school cheerleaders sing hymns to themselves and to their communities. From these vocabularies (including Arabic, Latin, Hainanese), a sense of what it might mean to be a modern Singaporean emerges. This is Singapore’s first documentary to have a cinema release. With English and Chinese subtitles. DVD released second half 2006.

Official Website

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Photo: Margaret Leng Tan plays John Cages 4″33′ under a block of Apartments

GAGA RAVES

****
A subtly subversive yet thoroughly celebratory film … One of the best films about Singapore”
-THE STRAITS TIMES

Singapore GaGa presents a brilliant alternative ga-ga view of the go-go Lion City.
-THE STAR, MALAYSIA
****
If you see only one Singapore film, let this be it
-TODAY
****
55 richly textured minutes of sounds
- 8 DAYS

Ingenious, warm and ironic documentary about the rough edges of the most manicured city in the world. A documentary with character and real protagonists. With a sensitive ear and a sharp eye, she records what often is not heard or seen. The absurd in everyday life. Despite its light tone, the film has a lot to tell us about modern life, especially in Singapore. a country who wants to make rules for the unruleable.
- GERTJAN ZUILHOF, ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Bangkok Film Festival Pick
-KONG RITHEE, BANGKOK POST

In this revealing journey we hear people sing hymns to themselves and to their communities and a sense of what it might mean to be a modern Singaporean emerges without once resorting to the jingoism or rhetoric so often associated with such projects
-SENSES OF CINEMA

Singapore GaGa portrays bittersweet image of Singaporeans’ complex relationship with their homeland
-SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

With subtlety humour and pathos
-AGENCE FRANCE-PRESS

-去听新加坡风
联合早报

亲切真实的影像
-i-weekly

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