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The Obs: A Singapore Story

Directed by

Yeo Siew Hua

Year

Runtime

2014

98 minutes

Genre

Documentary

Language

English

Synopsis

Hailed as Singapore’s most important independent band, The Observatory and their brooding, brilliant and confounding music are explored in this quietly contemplative music documentary.

Tracing the footsteps of the group’s core members, The Obs: A Singapore Story looks back at the country’s early nation-building period, when native music faced a clampdown by the government, which accused it of ‘western decadence’, to understand the creative process of one of Singapore’s longest-surviving outfits. From Bali to Bergen, The Obs highlights the constant struggle between artistic vision and pragmatic realities; an unwavering commitment to evolution versus a society that unforgivingly favours the mainstream.

More than a music film, The Obs is a tale of uncompromising passion, of culture and of belonging, and the costs—and invaluable rewards—of being creative.

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Producer(s)

Yeo Siew Hua, Adeline Setiawan, Dan Koh

Produced by

13 Little Pictures

International Sales/Distribution

Cast

Leslie Low, Vivian Wang, Dharma, Victor Low

Tags

2014, Documentary, Band, Music, Nation Building, Struggle, Passion, Culture, Creative

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