Multi-storied HDB homes: Public housing being portrayed by home-grown film-makers as places where hope lives and creativity flourishes

Public housing, once depicted in films as sterile spaces, is being portrayed by home-grown film-makers as places where hope lives and creativity flourishes

You are watching a movie. The story moves to a Housing Board estate. As always, there is "that" shot: a wide-angle look at the buildings, row upon row, all alike, fading into the distance. What goes through your mind?

Keep in mind that films that hope to reflect the lives of everyday people in Singapore are, inevitably, films about life in those blocks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2019, with the headline 'Multi-storied HDB homes'. Print Edition | Subscribe