Boy On The Fringes
A young boy lives with his ill mother. Alone and poor, he tries to take care of her.
A Viddsee Original Production
In some ways, this film draws upon my experience of growing up in Singapore. In my early teens, my mother was in poor health, and my family was in a state of financial crisis. It was a challenging period for me, having to start working at an early age to share some financial burden. I wasn’t the most capable person but I was trying to be strong. The feeling of helplessness and loneliness, despair and unknown beauty; and the yearning for warmth – these are the major textures that pervade this film. They say the festive season is generally perceived as a jolly period but it is not always all warm and fuzzy for everyone. There are many hidden struggles in plain sight. Regardless, people are trying to do good. There exists a traditional ideology of a cheerful giver; which reminds us to give out of love and from the heart. So, I was curious to explore, how will society transform an ordinary young boy who is trying to care for his sick mother to grow and become a better man.