Filmmaker Tan Pin Pin weighs options to appeal decision on banned documentary

Filmmaker Tan Pin Pin weighs options to appeal decision on banned documentary
Over 400 people showed up for the screening of documentary "To Singapore With Love" by Singaporean filmmaker Tan Pin Pin at 11@Century Hotel in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU - Singapore-based filmmaker Tan Pin Pin, whose documentary To Singapore, With Love was banned by the island republic, has yet to decide whether she will submit an appeal to reverse the decision.

Tan said that she was too preoccupied with the screening of the film, which focuses on political exiles, during the 2014 Freedom Film Fest in Malaysia, to think about the matter.

"I was disappointed when I heard about the ban as I really wanted this film to be seen.

"This is the first film that I had shot, produced and directed, and I just put in what I felt would make the story full," she told reporters here yesterday.

She did not regret any part of the film and said that despite the sensitive content, she was optimistic that Singapore authorities would allow for it to be screened.

"When it comes to film, either you do it or don't do it at all," she said.

On Sept 10, the Singapore Media Development Authority (MDA) classified the film as "not allowed for all ratings as its contents "undermined national security".

Tan said she has three possible options - to submit an appeal on the MDA decision, encourage private screenings or release the footage in the United States or online.

The screening of the film at the 11@Century Hotel here has received overwhelming response, with over three buses of Singaporeans travelling across the Causeway to watch the documentary.

The Freedom Film Fest organisers also set up another three rooms for the film to be screened as over 400 people had showed up.

Graphic designer Sim Xin Feng, 21, who was part of the group from Singapore, said that the film had opened her eyes to the struggles of political exiles.

"I now appreciate what I have seen even more," she said, adding that it is sad that the exiles cannot return to Singapore and have been cut away from families and friends.

Law student Ruth Ng, 20, said that she also enjoyed the movie and didn't understand why it was classified as something that undermines Singapore's national security.

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