Singapore Mental Health Film Festival 2019 | FILM: Shuttle Life (Closing film)



Shuttle Life
Tan Seng Kiat / Malaysia
2017 / 91 minutes / Cantonese, Mandarin, Malay (with English subtitles) / M18 / Coarse Language

A hard-hitting social drama, this is a powerful portrait of an impoverished family trying to cope with tragedy and mental illness in a very divided society, where bureaucracy, corruption, and indifference reign supreme.

There isn't much Qiang can do to make life better for his mentally unstable mother and five-year-old sister Hui Shan. He can steal spare parts and sell them at the repair shop. He can roam the big city on his motorcycle, in search of water to bring back home to fuel his mother's obsessive need to wash clothes. He loves his family, dysfunctional as it is, and has a special bond with his little sister, but a sense of impending danger — vividly conveyed by Tan's assured mise en scène — is Qiang's daily companion, as if tragedy could strike any minute. And on the night of his sister's sixth birthday, it does.

"Bold and unsentimental in its portrait of a young man who faces the destruction of the family he struggles to support, Shuttle Life marks a finely crafted feature debut for short-film director Tang Seng Kiat.” — Deborah Yong, Hollywood Reporter

2017 Malaysian Film Festival Winner for Special Jury Award
2017 Shanghai International Film Festival Winner for Asian New Talent — Best Film

Silence Is Not Golden

Pei Si Wong / Singapore
2018 / 6 minutes / English / PG

The majority of people who have come into contact with Nigel, for a large part of his life, have never heard him speak. He suffers from Selective Mutism, a rare anxiety disorder which severely affects his ability to speak under certain circumstances.

Based on the real-life story of Nigel Ng, a young Singaporean, Silence Is Not Golden sheds light on his extraordinary journey, giving the audience an insight into his inner world.

“Often we tend to judge others very fast but Pei Si showed us being a little understanding can bring a phenomenal change in the life of others. With the power of her art, she puts forward the message of solidarity and how our little actions can be a ray of hope in the lives of people in need.” — Neha Yeshvi, Medium

2018 Todos Somos Otros Nomination for Best Student Short Film
2018 12th Annual Short Shory Film Festival (Selected)
2018 Community Film & Theatre Festival (Selected)
2018 Festival de Cinema Escolar de Alvorada (Selected)

Director's website

Mental Health Care at Home
Social inequality is real in Singapore. Individuals from the lowest of the social strata often face a multitude of stressor and are marginalized because of their disadvantaged position. This is especially so for those with, or are caring for someone with mental illness - where their lack of financial resources and knowledge of the illness hinders them from seeking timely treatment. This can land them in stressful situations which can be frustrating for both themselves and others. Furthermore, the stressors faced by low-income families are often amplified through the lack of empathy regarding their circumstances - which arguably has its roots in a divided society.

In this panel discussion, we will examine the relationship between mental health and social stratification in Singapore, and aim to highlight the importance of social inclusion in health promotion. We will also address legal matters relating to persons with mental illness – especially in situations where court appearance is necessary. Additionally, the panel will also share on available resources for low-income families (ultimately, they too, deserve the right to adequate care and treatment!).

(L-R Nazhath Faheema, Leeran Gold, Helen Yong, Atikah Amalina, Siew Hong Wong)

Nazhath Faheema is a known Singaporean youth leader, and is currently the Chairperson for Jamiyah Singapore Youth Group (JYG). Under her leadership, JYG undertakes various initiatives to develop youth leadership under the motto - “Care for Self, Care for Community”, and places a huge emphasis the importance for youth mental well-being. Faheema is also the General Manager at Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore, and a mother with two young children. She makes a conscious effort to create healthy mental health habits at home, and hopes to contribute to the conversation of mental health awareness in Singapore..

Leeran Gold is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in working with high-risk and high-need youth and adults. She conducts comprehensive suicide and self-harm risk assessments and guides families, educators, and other mental health professionals on risk management and reduction in the home and school environment. She has conducted workshops for the Ministry of Education, Ngee Ann Polytechnic,and Singapore Psychological Society.

Helen Yong is the Assistant Director for outreach services at the Singapore Association for Mental Health. She oversees both the Mobile Support Teams (West and Central) and the Group Homes, formerly known as Bukit Gombak Group Homes, walking the ground to deliver community interventions through home visits and managing crises. She is a Parkour Auntie and also enjoys the presence of family and friends.

Atikah Amalina is the founder of The Tudung Traveller. Driven by her personal struggles with bipolar and panic disorder, she leverages her influence as a solo Muslim female traveller to authentically advocate for mental health and diversity and inclusion, and support peers who struggle too. She did a fellowship with the US State Department, propelling her work for bold and comprehensive changes to mental health acceptance and support in the community, especially within minority and underserved communities where mental health stigma is pernicious and detrimental to help-seeking behaviour.

Siew Hong Wong practices both civil and criminal litigation. He is listed as one is the lead Counsel’s with the highest numbers of appearances in the SIngapore High Court. He has a particular interest in cases involving mental health issues. In 1996, Siew Hong was the lead counsel in Ong Teng Siew v PP, which is the first case where an accused person was acquitted of murder using evidence from the internet. The accused in that case suffered from an inherited skin condition which caused him to suffer from abnormality of the mind leading him to commit the offence.

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