To Singapore, with Love (2013)

To Singapore, with Love ??? from Tan Pin Pin on Vimeo.

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Singapore Director Tan Pin Pin travels to Malaysia, UK and Thailand to interview long term Singapore political exiles, some of whom have not been back to Singapore for more than 50 years. They talk about why they left and what Singapore still means to them today. They all fled Singapore in the 1960’s, 1970s and 1980′s to escape the prospect of detention without trial. Some were activists or student leaders whilst others were card carrying communists. Through their interviews, you get a glimpse of a Singapore that could have been.

This award-winning film which screened to full houses the world over has been banned from public screenings in Singapore for "undermining national security".

Because of the ban, this film is available for pay-per-view streaming in all territories except for Singapore.

Technical Information

Languages: English, Mandarin, Malay and Hainanese
Subtitles: English and Chinese subtitles. ????
Length: 70 mins


  • Winner, Best Director, Muhr AsiaAfria Documentary Awards. Dubai International Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Asean Documentary, Special Mention, Salaya International Documentary Festival
  • Winner, Asian Cinema Fund, Busan International Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Asean Documentary, Special Mention, Freedom Film Festival

Selected Screenings

  • 64th Berlinale, Forum
  • Art of the Real, Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival
  • World Premiere, In Competition, Busan International Film Festival 2013
  • Para-Site, Hong Kong


Ho Juan Thai ???
Ang Swee Chai & the late Francis Khoo ???????
Wong Soon Fong ???
The late Liu Bo ??
Tan Wah Piow ???
Mr & Mrs Tan Hee Kim ???? ???
Chan Sun Wing ???
Mr & Mrs He Jin ??? ???
Dr Poh Soo Kai ???
Music: Francis Khoo


Directed, Produced and Photographed by Tan Pin Pin ???
15th of February and Anak Pulau Singapura composed and performed by the late Francis Khoo.
Sound Editor: Justin Seah
Sound Re-recording Mixer: Leslie Low
Sound Post Producer: Vivian Wang
Colourist: David Shiyang Liu
Production Support: Josephine Seetoh
Additional Photography: Eric Youwei Lim
Graphics: Daryl Ho
Translator: Tan Dan Feng
Editor: Delcie Poh
Transcriber: Anonymous
DCP Production: Chai Yee Wei

Stills from the Film

Chan Sun Wing reading a poem
Tan Wah Piow opens the doors to his home in London
He Jin n Su Shihua showing their death portraits in Bangkok Thailand
Chan Sun Wing reading a poem he wrote after officially obtaining his Thai citizenship.

Official Poster

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