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Tue 23 Aug 2005

26 Aug 2005 - Ho Choon Hiong's "Moving Gods" screening at NUS

Category : events

Raffles Museum Volunteers (Toddycats!)
are proud to present:

A film by Ho Choon Hiong
With a Q&A session with the director.

Date: Friday, 26 August 2005
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: NUS Lecture Theatre 25

See map.

About the film - A mysterious Taoist Shrine dedicated to a German Girl exists on Pulau Ubin. Once tendered to by the Boyanese, it now attracts gamblers and fortune seekers from all over Asia.

Legend has it that British soldiers arrived to intern a German plantation-owner and his family after war broke out in Europe (WWI). The unfortunate German girl fled her home and fell to her death in the dark. Her remains were interred by locals and a Taoist shrine dedicated to the girl can still be found on Pulau Ubin today.

Director Ho Choon Hiong was drawn to this story during a personal journey through Ubin. He tried to trace the origin of the myth and later directed "MOVING GODS", a feature TV Drama adapted from Lim Jen Erh's play of the same name,

Raffles Museum volunteers watched a recent screening of "Moving Gods" by Mediacorp Arts Central. We loved the story, the mystery, the missing pieces of the puzzle, the typical and interesting images of Ubin, references to heritage conservation, souless beauracratic mentality, and elements of the netherworld. Thus we decided to seek permission to screen it in NUS.

The movie poses intriguing questions - discuss this with the director!

Toddycats! are volunteers of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore. They manage Pulau Ubin Stories, a blog project to report and archive heritage information about Pulau Ubin and Pedal Ubin!, and outreach project that introduces visitors to the geography, natural history and legends of Pulau Ubin on bicycle!

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