When Honour (Singapore) was first launched, there were concerns that such an old-fashioned and lofty word might not make sense in today’s world, particularly to the younger generation. So we put it to the test. We set out to discover what young people think of Honour.

We invited student filmmakers from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film & Media Studies, as well as young adult filmmakers, to share with us their perspective of Honour, through the medium of film.

We were pleasantly surprised by the breadth of perspective we found, confirming our hypothesis that Honour is a value resident in each one of us, whether we are conscious of it or not.

Film has indeed proven to be an ideal medium for conveying the nuances, multi-layered complexities and meanings of Honour, in all its various hues and facets.

The Honour Film Screening

Besides sharing our short films on social media, we hold an Honour Film Screening twice a year, where we premiere a new batch of films. Numerous guests have remarked that it is a unique event, quite unlike any other they have attended. So what makes an Honour Film Screening so different?

A time to honour the invisible people of Singapore
We take time to honour the real-life subjects who inspired the films. The audience gives their full attention to the stories that unfold on screen, and then takes the opportunity to acknowledge these real-life heroes among us. It is a time of heartfelt affirmation and acknowledgement.

A celebration of talent
We honour the young emerging filmmakers of Singapore, their talent and their perspective on Honour. If, as it has been said, that we are the stories we tell ourselves, then the future of the Singapore story lies in the hands of these young filmmakers.

An acknowledgement of those who cheer us on
As these filmmakers invite their parents to the film screening, it is an occasion where we honour and acknowledge their parents.

FILMMAKERS’ REFLECTIONS

Here, our filmmakers share the inspiration behind their films, and their perspective on Honour.

PARTNERS’ REFLECTIONS

With the Honour Film Initiative well into its third year, the partners of this initiative share their thoughts on this meaningful collaboration.

“Singapore’s future will depend very much on Singaporeans being a people who honour our word by keeping our promises, and who honour each other by regarding one another as worthy of respect. Honour (Singapore) is very happy to support the work of young filmmakers, and I am both impressed and encouraged by how they have been able to imagine the practice of honour in so many different situations in life. It shows their understanding and commitment to build a worthy future for themselves and for Singapore.”

– Lim Siong Guan, Founding Chairman, Honour (Singapore)

“This initiative has allowed a group of extraordinarily talented individuals to think, to ponder, to seek to understand what “Honouring the Invisible People of Singapore” really means. When we train film makers at the polytechnic, we are not only teaching them skills for a creative career, we are building a generation of storytellers, to inspire us, and to bring to life our best virtues, including that of honour. They provide a window into the soul of a society, a glimpse into what kind of people we are and what we should be. It is one of the ways we build empathy into society, promote understanding and harmony, and enable conversations essential to the fabric of society.”

– Clarence Ti, Principal, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

“Working with Honour (Singapore) on this initiative has been most gratifying. It has reinvigorated my mission as an educator. This initiative provides an educational strategy and framework that allows students to create films that honour the people of Singapore. The students not only put their skills and knowledge of filmmaking into practice, but more importantly they have to understand, research on and apply the principle of honour into their narrative film projects.

This is a fantastic avenue to inculcate positive values and virtues in our students through the academic curriculum and in particular, filmmaking.  It was also done from the ground up, where students would come up with the ideas, pitch their concepts and make their films. I would like to term this “Honour 360”:

  • Through making of the films, the students honoured the subjects and their stories.
  • Upon completion of the film projects, we screened the student films to an audience who were engaged and honoured what they saw on screen.
  • As an educator, I was also invigorated by the process of honour. I was honouring one of the main purposes why I became an educator –that is, to enable my students to create films that went beyond entertainment, and which could possibly change lives through values and honouring our human verve. We have come full circle.

What underscores everything about our collaboration is how my counterparts at Honour (Singapore) embody the virtue of Honour.  They honour their word and relationships. They have been a thorough pleasure to collaborate and work with. They have strengthened my belief in honour and honouring.”

– Leonard Yip, Senior Lecturer, School of Film & Media Studies (FMS), Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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