Drain Walkers

Jaded journalist, Dev Anand, uncovers an illegal contraband smuggling ring, where he discovers most of them are victims of circumstance.

Upholding his journalistic integrity, Dev seeks to present both sides of the story while battling against self-censorship and misinformation.

A Viddsee Original Production

Director’s Statement: 

Spending half my lifetime in Bukit Panjang, it is well known that the heavily forested areas and the old rail corridors behind our estate play hosts to small pockets of people who engage in the sale of contraband cigarettes. They have been nicknamed by the media as the "Drain Walkers" because of their constant usage of Bukit Panjang's extensive network of storm drains to travel around town to sell their products or purchase necessities before retreating into their temporary forest homes of tents.

When reading the media’s published exposés about these "Drain Walkers", I felt that it portrayed a very one-dimensional perspective of the subjects, painting all of these people as in a singular, negative light, they were labelled with the connotation of being deviant, illegal immigrants, foreigners etc.

We readers never got to hear both sides of the story, only hearing a biased perspective. Are these people really who the news labelled them to be? And with misinformation in journalism and factionalism on the rise, how easy would it have been for the media to just draw up the lines on who is bad and who's not based on what the news wants to show us?