Thu 01 Nov 2007
Remember Chek Jawa: Eric Lim shares good news from Toronto
Category : marine
Eric Lim sends us good news from Toronto, Canada where he is participating in the "“Planet in Focus" International Environmental Film & Video Festival."
See earlier posts about the film.
Mon 10 Sep 2007
Remember Chek Jawa - Asian Film Symposium, Monday 10 Sep 2007
Category : marine
Many efforts and factors eventually contributed to the deferment of reclamation at Chek Jawa and in the midst of it all, independent film maker Eric Lim found himself particularly drawn to one element that he witnessed - the efforts of the ordinary, urban Singaporean’s efforts to help out a tiring, muddy and incomprehensible biodiversity survey, at a time when all hope had been lost.
Shot between 2001 - 2004, Eric made "Remember Chek Jawa," to chronicle the volunteer survey and also provides a brief glimpse of some of the activities that led to deferment of reclamation at Chek Jawa.
He has just released this trailer below, and you can catch the movie on MONDAY, 10th September 2007: 7.30pm at Cathay's Picturehouse. It is the Closing Film at Asian Film Symposium.
Hop over to his webpage for the trailer, background and schedule!
Sun 22 Apr 2007
Earth Day celebrations at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Category : events
22 Apr 2007 - Blue Water Volunteers got the biodiversity community down for Earth Day at the Singapore Botanic Gardens today. There were talks, a film, a book launch, exhibitions and children's games, and it was a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
Raffles Museum Toddycats were there and the specimens kept Lim Chen Kee and Airani busy once they appeared, even if it was only the dugong, horseshoe crab and knobbly sea star. I was chatting with friends throughout but after we dismantled the exhibits, finally did some explanations for a family waiting for their ride.
Not everyone could come of course, as it had been a night of very good low tides. For those who were there, it was nice to have a peaceful agenda for once!
Lim Cheng Puay has put up an album of photos online. Thanks to Blue Water Volunteers for the organising the event and to National Parks Board for the lovely venue!
Chua Ee Kiam weaved his magic in the flesh on his latest pride and joy,
The screening of Remember Chek Jawa by Eric Lim was well enjoyed by the
Tue 13 Mar 2007
"Remember Chek Jawa" to be unveiled at Wildlife Asia 07
Category : marine
13 Mar 2007 - "Remember Chek Jawa," a film by Eric Lim (45min) will be screened at Wildlife Asia 07 at Suntec Rm 302 under Special Presentations: Children's Mobile Cinema.
In 2001, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS (RMBR), conducted Public Education Visits to Chek Jawa which was then thought to be doomed to reclamation. Thousands came in an unprecedented show of interest by the Singaporean public.
Feedback subsequently submitted to government by the Raffles Museum included Eric Lim's contribution, a 11-minute video hewn out of footage from the visits which included interviews with the public. I still find that striking to watch, more than five years later - this was perhaps the first time a short film was submitted as feedback for nature conservation! Rarely viewed subsequently, except by groups under guide training, it was only screened once at The Giving Tree @ North East in Dec 2005 - "Unveiled!".
Eric had also shot footage of Joseph Lai's Chek Jawa Transect 2001, interviewed volunteers and villagers, guide workshops and covered other post-deferment activity and even hunted for dugongs at night in the high tide - he has the most comprehensive footage of events surrounding Chek Jawa.
This special feature covers the wider events and was cut for Wildlife Asia 07. He completed the video just last night and sent me the synopsis:
"Chek Jawa, an inter-tidal area comprising six different sub-habitats within one square kilometer on Pulau Ubin, Singapore, was discovered by local conservationists only in January 2001. Since the discovery, the amazingly rich marine biodiversity there drew thousands of visitors, both young and old, to revel in the beauty of Chek Jawa’s shores.