Boost for projects to remember SG

Boost for projects to remember SG
Filmmaker Wee Li Lin, who has received $100,000 under the irememberSG funding scheme, is working on producing two short films, including a text-driven animated film on autograph books.

Old hands at farming, the Oh family ran a coconut plantation in Yio Chu Kang in 1945, a pig farm in Lorong Buangkok in the 1980s, and set up Singapore's first hydroponics farm in the early 1990s.

Photographer Ore Huiying, 32, whose late great-grandfather Oh Chin Huat started the family's first farm after World War II, is on a mission to trace her roots.

She has plans to start a website and a research project to unearth more details about her family's contributions.

"I'd like to find out what motivates them so I can better appreciate and understand the work they do," said Ms Ore, who also hopes to dig up more information for a broader account of Singapore's farming history in recent decades.

Ms Ore's website is one of 40 projects that have been awarded grants of up to $50,000 each, or 90 per cent of their estimated cost, under the first round of funding of the irememberSG fund, given out to help preserve local stories.

The exact amount that will be disbursed to recipients has yet to be finalised.

Launched in March last year by the National Library Board's (NLB) Singapore Memory Project, the fund is for projects that help foster community ties and a sense of belonging to Singapore.

These can be short films, photo exhibitions, publications, websites and interactive digital media content such as digital games and animation.

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