Sunday, November 16, 2008

How the Singaporeans renewed my faith in people.


Muallaf bunting

As you can see from the bunting above, "Muallaf" opens in Singapore in about 11 days' time. Faced with a distribution budget of miniscule proportions, Thomas Chia, the director of Lighthouse Pictures, has been working 24/7 to spread the news about our little film.

If you're on facebook, just type "Muallaf" in the search box, and it'll take you to this page. Through this, the ever resourceful Thomas Chia sent out an appeal for help to distribute "Muallaf" flyers.

Personally, I thought it was a shot in the dark. But boy, was I wrong.

Regular Singaporean folks -- students, lecturers, restaurant owners, cybercafe owners, website holders, members of film societies -- have come forward, asking for 50 to 200 flyers per person, which they volunteered to distribute.

Dear kind Singaporeans, you know who you are. And I can't thank you enough for your willingness to support our film, just out of the kindness of your heart.

Now, I have no idea how "Muallaf" will do at the box office. After all, it is only playing at The Picturehouse.

But you Singaporeans have done something worth much more than ticket sales. You have refreshed my faith in Mankind.

Thank you and God bless.