Friday, 2 October 2020

A film series sparks new reasons to love Singapore  

Singapore State of MindA new three-part film series, “A Singapore State of Mind”, produced by Ink spotlights a perfectly curated combination of lesser-known attractions and long-time favouritesAll of the places selected contribute to why each of the three inspirational Singaporean hosts are passionate about their city.       

For this exciting project, each host was tasked with trying to truly encapsulate one of the following three themes: unity, resilience and strength. All words that help describe how Singapore has gotten through this difficult year and even managed to grow stronger as a result. The project has resulted in the following insightful films, focusing on the diverse range of qualities and characteristics possessed by Singapore.  

Nithiya Laila Singapore State of Mind series
Nithiya Laila picking out fresh vegetables at a wet market

Nithiya Laila creates unity on a plate   

The series has kicked off with Nithiya Laila’s look at unity. This culinary anthropologist and TV presenter has managed to fuse her education in anthropology and her passion for foodNithiya strongly believes that food is something that brings people together. She shows how this is the case throughout Singapore by spending a day sourcing native ingredients that all contribute to one of her favourite dishes – a recipe for which is shared at the end of her film.  

Ripple Root Singapore State of Mind series
The arty duo of Ripple Root

Natural resilience inspires Ripple Root’s latest artwork

The second film to be released spends a day with Ripple Root, the artist moniker of Liquan Liew and Estella Ng. The mural wall artists and best friends have been brightening up the walls across Singapore with collaborative projects inspired by nature and wildlife for over five years. In this film, they wander through breathtaking nature-filled parts of the city that have inspired their work. They wander past some of their favourite pieces of street art along the way and wrap it up by creating a new mural inspired by their day.   

Mindy Tan Singapore State of Mind series
Mindy Tan photographing a scene

Mindy Tan finds strength when capturing her home city

The series wraps up by following around Mindy Tan, a professional documentary photographer. After spending a few years abroad, Mindy returned to Singapore and made it her mission to capture and photograph as much of the city-state as she could, in an effort to preserve the strong history and culture found throughout. In her film, she photographs some of her favourite ethnic neighbourhoods, which have managed to stand strong in the rapidly developing city. The film wraps up with a visit to Kallang River, where she used to take part in dragon boating during university, and now always manages to bring back powerful memories that give her strength to this day.

SEE ALSO: 24 hours in Singapore with the kids: Our guide to family fun 

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