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Classic Film Series: Sandi Tan's "Shirkers"

  • Presented By: NYS Writers Institute Location: Page Hall, UAlbany downtown campus 135 Western Ave, Albany, 12222 Albany, 12222
  • Dates: October 11, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    While still a teen in 1992, Sandi Tan made one of Singapore’s first indie feature films, SHIRKERS, under the mentorship of a shady American teacher who vanished with the film stock before it could be finished and released.

    Her same-titled 2018 documentary reflects on her shattered creative dreams, and explains what happened when the footage was unexpectedly returned two decades later.

    Released as a Netflix original, the film received a Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The New Yorker called it “vastly imaginative and ambitious…. gloriously, gleefully idiosyncratic, a blend of punk energy and local documentation.”

    Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Center for International Education & Global Strategy and Intensive English Language Program.


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