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Catch Pop Aye this weekend while you can

Kopitiam Bot

(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, here’s a simple suggestion: Watch Pop Aye.

That’s the title of a movie by Singapore writer-director Kirsten Tan that has won major film awards including the Special Jury Prize for screenwriting at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

I had supported it online and cheered news about it – from the time I saw it on my Facebook feed, to the time trailer videos appeared, and then as news of its awards broke.

There’s a special thrill when a Singaporean’s artistic efforts win recognition. I mean, Singapore is lucky to top in rankings of many things (math and science performance by students; as a talent magnet for start-ups and sadly, some cost of living rankings), but I only get that triumphant “Yay, well-done!” feeling when I read about Singaporeans winning things we shouldn’t expect to win, like Olympic swimming competitions…

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