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They Told Us to Move: Behind the Scenes of Relocation

The Art House


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07:30 PM - 09:00 PM


The Art House
1 Old Parliament Ln, Singapore



Join Rocky Howe (editor of They Told Us to Move: Dakota–Cassia) and filmmakers Heather Teo and Victor Gan as they take us behind-the-scenes of the relocation of residents from Dakota Crescent to Cassia Crescent. Though the relocation started in 2016, the process of resettlement for the residents continues till today.


The 10 minute short film Old of Things by Heather Teo and Victor Gan will be screened as part of this session.


They will share the process behind shooting the film and, together with Rocky, reflect on how the relocation process neglected the social, and emotional, and physical needs of the former residents, and how they have had to adjust to their current environment in the new estate. The film and book confront us with issues of ageing in Singapore, and asks what we can do to better support our community.


Old of Things by Heather Teo and Victor Gan won the Top Prize in the Open Category in the Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition (HSFC) organized by the Singapore Film Society (SFS) with support from National Heritage Board.


Event banner photo from Between Two Homes: Stories of Dakota Crescent.



Heather Teo is a Fine Art and History of Art graduate from Goldsmiths College, London. She is interested in psychologies of home and interior spaces, and explores these themes through evocative objects, relics of existences, and moments of intimacy in everyday life. Heather is primarily a photographer, and enjoys exploring through her writing as well.


Victor Gan is a Film graduate from Rhode Island School of Design. He wishes to tell stories close to his heart and his own culture, and believes strongly in the adage "the more personal you are, the more universal you get." His thesis film has travelled to various international film festivals such as Palm Springs International Short Fest.


Rocky Howe leads research and advocacy at the Cassia Resettlement Team. He is working on an environmental history of mangroves in Singapore, searching for old and new relationships with and in nature. During barely existent free time, Rocky visits museums and can be found striking out drafts of his Chinese poems.





The Art House

1 Old Parliament Ln, Singapore