SYNOPSIS

In the 1980s, a powerful artistic movement was born in Singapore, flourishing amongst the Mandarin-speaking community throughout the island and beyond our shores, leaving an indelible mark on the culture of a young nation.

The Songs We Sang, a documentary by Singapore filmmaker Eva Tang, is a vivid and in-depth look into the journey of xinyao (literally “songs composed by Singapore Youths” in Mandarin) since its birth. Steeped in history and authenticity, this detailed documentary captures the spirit of a Singapore culture that has since become a significant part of a nation’s collective cultural heritage.

Xinyao emerged from the hearts of students across campuses in Singapore, and soon found its way into the heartlands, capturing the attention of a nation with its tuneful melodies and elegant and meaningful lyrics about family, friendship and everyday life. Taking its title from a pivotal seminar on xinyao held by the Mandarin student publication Nanyang Students in 1982, The Songs We Sang is infused with the energy, enthusiasm and creative courage of xinyao and its artists, and looks towards future generations of artists who will colour Singapore’s cultural tapestry.

一把吉他,三几好友,无数好歌。当年的青青岁月,你可曾忘我唱着。唱着友情,唱着梦想,唱着迷离的忧伤,唱着华丽的希望,唱着自己的心声,唱着我们的歌。

重温新谣的发展,回味你我的青春。由本地独立电影人邓宝翠执导的华语人文纪录片《我们唱着的歌》,以历史的角度,配合人文的情怀,细腻地拼凑这场轰动一时的文化运动,如何缘起如何转变,并借此重新审视我们共有的记忆。

Singapore International Film Festival 2015 - Official Selection