A Sense of Home is a series of six short films based on the lived experiences of those who have made a home away from home. Anchored around themes of identity, connections, passions and possibilities, A Sense of Home captures the journeys, challenges and reflections of six individuals who had ventured abroad in pursuit of their dreams and passion.
Produced in collaboration with Singaporean film producer, Daniel Yun, and directed by local animation filmmaker, Jerrold Chong, we hope for these shared experiences to bring people together, rekindle connections and provide a warm sense of home to those who might be away.
A Delectable Connection
Discover the mouth-watering delights of Pandan Treasures, a home-bakery in Switzerland. Known for its delicious Pandan Kaya pastries, Pandan Treasures was created by Donny Lee, who migrated to Zurich for love. Like many Singaporeans abroad, Donny keeps his connection to Singapore through food, and Pandan Treasures is his special way of bringing fellow Singaporeans in Zurich together, while introducing Singapore’s culture to his Swiss friends. More importantly, Pandan Kaya was a way for him to reconnect with his loved ones back home.
A Family Adventure
Join Rudi and his family on their exciting journey across the beautiful, expansive landscapes of Oman – sledding down sand dunes, camping outdoors and watching turtles as they lay their eggs at night. Rudi and his wife Idayu reminisce over how they first found themselves migrating to Oman, adapting to the new surroundings that life had taken them to, and the challenges of raising a family abroad on their own.
A New Home
As the daughter of a Korean diplomat, Jenny Chung grew up as a wanderer, relocating every few years as her father moved from country to country. Jenny never felt like she belonged anywhere. That is until she married her Korean husband who was later posted to Singapore for work. She has since been living here for 11 years and counting. Jenny recounts her experience living in Singapore and how this little red dot has grown to become a place she undoubtedly calls home.
Long-distance relationships are not something most couples would be thrilled about, but that was what Eve and her husband, Arthur, found themselves going through over the years due to work and later, the Covid-19 pandemic which kept them apart for seven months. Through a collection of thoughtful handwritten postcards, Eve recalls her struggles as well as the moments that kept her going.
Off the Beaten Path
Growing up watching Discovery Channel and National Geographic, Zhi Yong always dreamt of travelling out and seeing the world. While many young Singaporean graduates were looking to gain overseas exposure in the United States and Europe, Zhi Yong chose a path less travelled, in Africa. As he prepares for his trip back to Singapore, Zhi Yong recalls the adventures where his work has taken him through the cities and villages of Africa.
Melody for the Soul
Shabir, a singer-songwriter and producer, recounts his journey growing from a frustrated, angry child with a penchant for getting into fights, into the man that he is today, thanks to his passion for music. When he decides to take a leap of faith and move to the Kollywood capital of Chennai to pursue his music career, he finds himself having to dig deep for the strength to overcome the obstacles and feelings of homesickness in order to achieve his dreams.
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