Directed by Yong Shu Ling
Singapore / 77 mins / PG
Ng Meixi returns to Singapore having spent time in Mexico working with low-performing students. She joins a local school as a relief teacher but takes on a mammoth task: to pilot a new pedagogy to help students in the Normal (Technical) stream learn better. She reconfigures the classroom from a teacher-directed one to a community that aims to empower students as learners and tutors to each other. Will this work in Singapore’s result-oriented education system?
Yong’s cinematographic acumen coolly observes the workings of an institution, and the nuts and bolts greasing its smooth but often cruel operation. She exposes the pragmatism that exists alongside students’ earnest ambitions, grafting upon this documentary the labours of teaching and learning.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Yong Shu Ling is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based documentarian. An alumnus of the Tribeca Film Institute, she is an advocate for social change through media. She has worked on Tan Pin Pin’s In Time To Come (2017) as well as the renowned non-profit production company Kartemquin Films’ America to Me (2018).
CAST & INFORMATION
Lisa Teh, Yong Shu Ling
Media For Social Change
National Museum Singapore
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 / 7:00 PM
*Filmmaker in attendance
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