Shelter

Based on a True Story

By Sean Ng

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Abandoned by his father, Aaron, a 17-year-old boy, is left in debt and homeless, together with his mother and younger sister. They are forced to live in a tent at East Coast Park. Aaron’s world is shaken after he meets a suspicious man who claims to want to help his family.

​This film is based on the true story of Rashid Bakar who made the news in 2000 for housing homeless families in his one-room flat. As a child, Rashid had lived alone on the East Coast of Singapore, sleeping in boats and surviving on scraps for two years.

Rated PG13

The film is dedicated to New Hope Community Services

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New Hope Community Services was founded to provide a temporary shelter to homeless men and families in Singapore. Today, New Hope has helped more than 900 displaced families and 1000 displaced individuals find their feet again. It offers mentoring, life skills training and support group services.

Would you like to learn more about homelessness in Singapore?

About the film director

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Sean Ng started AMOK, a creative film company in 2014. He’s worked on brands such as Louis Vuitton, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Audi, Sony, Facebook. In 2015, Sean’s short film, “You, Me”, clinched the Best Film Award at the Inaugural Movie Makes Competition by MM2 Entertainment. Since then, his filmmaking career has progressed to writing and directing “Zi Char”, a 90 minute telemovie commissioned by StarHub’s E-City Channel.

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