SHIRKERS
Documentary Feature | 96 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2018
on 10/5/2018 and 10/8/2018
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Directed By
Sandi Tan

Produced By
Jessica Levin
Maya Rudolph
Sandi Tan

Written By
Sandi Tan


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2018 | English | USA

Spending her days seeking refuge in zines, bootlegs, and American independent cinema, teenager Sandi Tan found herself among the first generation of Singapore’s burgeoning counterculture movement when she began working on her DIY-labor of love film SHIRKERS in the early 90s. But Sandi and her co-conspirators’ dreams of beginning a new film movement were crushed when Georges, her mysterious American mentor, disappeared with the entirety of the footage without warning. Two decades later, Tan and her collaborators return to the footage they lost in order to grapple with the movement their optimism inspired—and the man who tore it away from them—in this singular look at one artist’s attempt to reckon with the past.