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Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. Rich in flavour and unique in character, we’re bound together like intricately crafted layers of Lapis Sagu. Project Lapis Sagu is a creative springboard for open conversations on cultural diversity and social integration in Singapore.

Together Apart: The Anthology

April 6, 2017

Together Apart is an anthology of three short films directed by Kelvin Tong, K. Rajagopal and Sanif Olek. Inspired by the winning loglines from the Lapis Sagu Film Contest, the films are an invitation to all of us to move beyond our differences and find the common threads that bind us.

1) Sanjay (00:16-20:59)

Directed by K. Rajagopal and based on the logline from Sean Loo

Sanjay and his wife, Divya, have recently moved to Singapore from India. In the face of an impending cutback by his company management, Sanjay struggles to juggle work and adjusting to life in Singapore. Divya, on the other hand, learns to form new friendships with the Singaporean community around her.

2) The Manifest (21:00-36:51)

Directed by Sanif Olek and based on the logline from Thomas Goh

More than a hundred years into the future, two Singaporean space engineers are in a spaceship on a mission for the Singapore Space Agency. Kyle, who was born overseas, and Morgan are constantly bickering about the place of foreigners in Singapore. As tensions peak, how do the two of them resolve their differences?

3) Beijing, Mumbai, Tampines (36:52-46:57)

Directed by Kelvin Tong and based on the logline from Alvona Loh

After a gruelling day of training, a group of quarrelsome National Service recruits call their mothers from their phones. Despite their different origins, their conversations with home are poignantly similar. The film aims to show that despite surface tensions between ordinary Singaporeans and new citizens, they share the same humanity deep down.