SINGAPORE - The movie made in celebration of SG50, 7 Letters, premiered on Friday night at the Capitol Theatre with stars, directors and politicians gracing the red carpet event.
The film is also the first to be screened in the newly refurbished theatre.
In attendance on Friday were Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat, and the seven directors behind the film - Mr Royston Tan, Mr Jack Neo, Mr Boo Junfeng, Ms Tan Pin Pin, Mr K Rajagopal, Mr Eric Khoo, and Mr Kelvin Tong.
The film represents seven heartfelt "love letters" from the directors to Singapore, capturing their personal connections with the country.
The gala screening will go on for three nights and filmgoers have been told to pay whatever amount they all. All proceeds will go to seven charities picked the directors.
Mr Wong called the film a "heartfelt tribute to our Golden Jubilee".
" I believe the film will strike a chord in many of us, as we reflect on who we are as Singaporeans. It is also heartening to know that the film's proceeds will go towards supporting seven adopted charities. This further shows how the arts and our artists can give back to the community, to make this a better home for all," he said.
Beneficiaries of the charity screening are the Alzheimer's Disease Association, the Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association, the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, the Pertapis Senior Citizens Fellowship Home, the Singapore Buddhist Lodge Welfare Foundation, the Student Care Service and Transient Workers Count Too.
The Straits Times is a partner of this charity gala screening and 18 ST readers and their partners will be among those attending the event. Fifty beneficiaries from the ST School Pocket Money Fund will be also at the matinee on Saturday.