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Netflix acquires worldwide rights to Singaporean filmmaker's creative odyssey film


By Shawn Lim | Reporter, Asia Pacific

March 1, 2018 | 3 min read

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Singaporean filmmaker Sandi Tan’s creative odyssey film Shirkers, which had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

The film would have been released in Singapore in 1992 , had the 16mm footage not been stolen by its American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared.

Tan, now a novelist in Los Angeles, returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. She returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.


Shirkers had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

“Shirkers speaks to a part of us that rarely get expressed—that bold spirit of making your own art regardless of the challenges,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of original documentary programming.

“Sandi Tan has an exquisite, hypnotic story to tell, one that stretches from teenage rebellion to a kind of personal homecoming that all audiences can relate to.”

The film will next be shown at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri on March 2.

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