Our gahmen recently released a series of four short films surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. Collectively titled ‘As One’, they are inspired by true events and produced by four Singaporean filmmakers.
And if there’s one video you’d have to watch before you hibernate and wait for 2021 to come, it should be one of them, because other than Goody Feed videos (someone send halp), these videos are worth every single minute of your time.
Make sure you’ve a box of tissue paper beside you as you watch them.
Enjoy Your Stay
The short film Enjoy Your Stay is the brainchild of director Taqir Mansor. It highlights the role of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in preparing the country for the crisis.
Namely, they had to move rapidly to convert hotels into dedicated Stay Home Notice (SHN) facilities. This allowed Singaporeans to return from overseas and uphold the safety of their own, as well as the people around them.
It was undoubtedly a challenge, especially the constant need to revise their guidelines in the early stages as we learn more about the disease with time.
In Safe Hands
Directed by K. Rajagopal, In Safe Hands features two officers from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The short film chronicles their journey as they worked closely with other agencies and NGOs to care for the wellbeing of migrant workers at the dormitories.
Dorm clusters were the main contributors to Singapore’s case numbers during the lockdown period. On the flip side of these staggering statistics, migrant workers faced more stress as they remained prohibited to go out over Phase Two. On top of that, they had to endure abhorrent living conditions, which led to worrisome mental health issues.
The short film showcases governmental efforts to ensure a safe return to work for migrant workers.
Open for Business
Businesses big and small took a direct hit from the pandemic, particularly when the government had to impose a nationwide lockdown.
In order to mitigate the negative economical impacts, the team from GovTech acted fast to develop the SafeEntry system. They also devised protocols alongside businesses that were necessary to enable a safe reopening.
Watch Ellie Ngim’s short film Open for Business to know more about the considerations factored into each policy.
Making the Call
Physical health deterioration is not the only medical emergency to follow the pandemic. Many individuals have also taken an emotional and psychological toll from the pressure and isolation. The National CARE Hotline was hence born in a short notice out of an urgent need to address this hidden threat.
In Making the Call, director Jonathan Choo shines a light on the inspiring story that culminated in this hotline. It required the joint efforts of a team of public officers from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and other public agencies.
The hotline is now manned and managed by volunteer psychologists, counsellors, and social workers from the private and community sectors.