An inspired labor of love for zine-making teens Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique, Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic—or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared. More than two decades later, 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. Shirkers (USA, 96 mins, 2018) made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, where Sandi Tan received the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award, and went on to tour festivals all over the world, including True/False, HotDocs, CPHDOX, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Full Frame, San Francisco Intl. Film Festival, AFI Docs and more before a GLOBAL release on Netflix as a NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY.
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SUNDANCE 2018 WINNER: DIRECTING PRIZE, World Cinema Doc
2018-2019 AWARD NOMINATIONS:
2018 IFP GOTHAM AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Documentary
2019 CINEMA EYE HONORS, 5 NOMINATIONS: Best Director, Best Debut Feature, Best Graphic Design, Best Original Score, Audience Choice
2019 SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Documentary