Shirkers no more: three trailblazing women stake their claim on Singapore’s film legacy

The history of Singapore cinema has been rewritten by two films from two eras going by the same title: Shirkers. The tumultuous and abortive production of the first film, a surrealist fiction written by Sandi Tan and shot in 1992, is chronicled defiantly in the second, a documentary which earned Tan a Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. But before the success of its second manifestation, the original Shirkers was born out of the efforts of three pioneering film…

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