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Citizen Hustler (2020)

Documentary 1h 10m

The forced closure of the Sungei Road flea market in 2017 leaves evicted hawkers like Mr Chan Fook Seng and Madam Seah Siok Thiang, in their 60s, in dire financial hardship. For them, negotiating is imperative to their survival—beyond their informal trade. It is also the way they wend their way through the thicket of bureaucracy to access financial aid, never losing their sense of humour or their sight on bettering their chances in life. Joining them is director Tan Biyun, who wears several hats in the film: a listener in warm interactions, an aide to their efforts in securing financial assistance, while amplifying moments demanding action. In this irreverent collaboration, the film reveals life lived in the margins of affluent Singapore to question the anti-welfarist stance Singapore has adopted and the resulting disparities of lived experience.

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Director

Tan Biyun

Languages

Chinese, English, Hokkien, Teochew

Subtitles

English

Country

Singapore

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