PFF Recommends: 3 local films to watch on National Day

So you’ve got the flag hanging out of your HDB flat, Tanya Chua’s “Home” on standby, and your red and white OOTD on. Now what? Watch a local film of course!

As you wait for the fireworks to start, settle in and choose from our pick of the three best films to watch on National Day.

Singapore Dreaming

What is the Singapore dream? Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen asks just that in their 2006 film “Singapore Dreaming”.

The film revolves around the Loh family, who struggle to maintain their middle-class aspirations after falling into debt from funding their only son’s overseas education. After an unexpected TOTO windfall by family patriarch Poh Huat, the Lohs endure a prolonged period of infighting and eventual soul-searching for what is truly important in their lives.

“Singapore Dreaming” is also the first Singaporean film to win an award at an IFFPA-recognised film festival, how’s that for #sgpride?


This historical thriller stars Lim Kay Tong as our first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and frankly, we’re surprised at how uncanny the resemblance is. Set during the lead up to the racial riots of the 1960s, the film covers multiple narratives that are interconnected through chance and circumstance.

For a throwback to the rocky early years of Singapore’s independence, “1965” is the perfect choice for your National Day evening movie.

7 letters

Singapore is a melting pot of races, religions and cultures, so it makes sense that the only way to fully encapsulate our nation’s identity in a single film would be to split it into multiple parts.

Originally released in conjunction with Singapore’s 50th anniversary, Seven Letters is an anthology of…you guessed it, seven short films by the who’s who of our local film scene. From Eric Khoo’s homage to local cinema to Royston Tan’s fantastical tale of racial harmony, each director explores the various things that make Singapore Singapore, and is definitely still worth revisiting this National Day.