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Shirkers (2018)


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Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic from teenage friends Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique -or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona. More than two decades after Cardona disappeared, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Magically, too, she returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.


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The viewer, more than the filmmaker herself, may lament where Tan's career might have gone. But she seems intent on moving forward - and this project may well be the vehicle for it.

March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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Tan presents her multifaceted life story-vibrant, unbelievable, and full of such incredible women-as a dazzling tapestry that's unlike many narrative or documentary films.

February 6, 2018 | Full Review…

An exemplary work of counter-lives and alternative histories, intimate self-portraiture and cultural reconstruction, hard-won empathy and painful reconciliation.

January 27, 2018 | Full Review…

An alluring mystery spun from the joys and perils of collaboration,

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Shirkers has the handmade delicacy of a scrapbook come to life, blending ample footage from the original production with candid modern-day interviews and photography.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Shirkers is a film that should be experienced more than explained. That sounds like a cop out, but it's an inspiring documentary about the process of filmmaking, the love of outsider art, but also a cautionary tale about trust and shadiness...

October 17, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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