Short Film

Civic Life: Singapore

An ongoing series of short films exploring cinematically the relationship between community and place.

Where the Heart Is : Sungei Rd

 From the 1930s to the present, the road has been synonymous with the Thieves’ Market, the largest and oldest flea market in Singapore, where the locals can hunt for second-hand goods, as a cheap replacement for one’s faulty or lost item. This is where Rag-and-Bone men ( Karang guni ) sell their 2nd hand products at insanely cheap prices. Despite its long history and tenacity, the flea market’s days are numbered as the site, sitting on a huge chunk of state land about the size of a football field, is slated for redevelopment by the Housing Development Board in the near future. Sungei Road is where the heart is, a place that matters to Singaporeans.




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