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Short film launched to mark Total Defence

A short film, inspired by Singaporeans who have played a part in Total Defence, was launched on Sunday as part of this year's Total Defence campaign.

SINGAPORE: A short film, inspired by Singaporeans who have played a part in Total Defence, was launched on Sunday as part of this year's Total Defence campaign.

Real-life stories -- such as an act of kindness and a programme that helps youths -- are the inspiration behind the film.

Titled "Hands" to represent the five pillars (military, civil, economic, social, psychological) of Total Defence, the film was directed by local film-maker Meng Ong.

The two-minute film was produced in two weeks and features five stories inspired by everyday Singaporeans.

It was commissioned in connection with the theme of this year's Total Defence campaign: "Because You Played a Part".

One of the challenges of filming was keeping the stories real.

Meng Ong, director of "Hands", said: "We decided to tell the story using only images. There's no obvious narration or dialogue.

"We just have captions for the images, as though they've been extracted out from the journals of the protagonist of the story."

The Aw family was one of those featured -- all because Mrs Eileen Aw took an extra step to support her husband.

She said: "We exercise together to keep fit and also during his training for IPPT (Individual Physical Proficiency Test). I think this is a small part I've played but that will set his mind at ease so that he's able to serve the country."

The film will be aired on television, online platforms, and in cinemas. 

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