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16 August 2008

Past & Coming Screenings


  • July 27, 2014, 4pm,  “, National Museum of Singapore. Panel Discussion after screening with film-maker & volunteers in film.


“Mark Haslam Award”– Planet in Focus” International Environmental Film & Video Festival ’07

Film Poster


Chek Jawa, an inter-tidal area encompassing six ecosystems within one square kilometer, on Pulau (=island) Ubin in Singapore, was discovered by local conservationists only in January 2001.

Since the discovery, her amazingly rich marine biodiversity drew thousands of visitors, both young and old, to revel in the beauty of her shores. Unfortunately, this magnificent shore had an expiration date.

The tiny nation-state of Singapore has always struggled with land scarcity issues. A decade earlier, the Singapore Government had approved plans to carry out land reclamation at Pulau Ubin. With land reclamation now just months away, the shoreline of Chek Jawa was about to suffer its fate. Most Singaporeans were resigned to the thought that it would be impossible to reverse the Government’s decision.

However, several groups of passionate volunteers refused to give up on this precious slice of nature. They documented, publicised, educated and provided feedback to government.

This film tells the story of one of these groups, a special group of individuals who came together from all walks of life, who followed their hearts to make a difference against the odds.



47 minutes, shot on DV Camera, screening on DV • In English, with English & Mandarin subtitles • Directed & Produced by Eric Youwei Lin • Rated PG

4 Responses to “Latest News”

  1. kirsten said

    Yo, I came here after reading the ADFP update. Personally, I’ve never been to Chek Jawa but I would wanna go there. Hopefully, other people and I would get to go sometime in the future. Whether or not this docu makes a difference, I think it’s an important docu. Try to get it screened in Singapore as much as possible. and Good luck. 🙂

  2. Alexis Johnson said

    I never knew of the existence of such species of sea life and the very subtle way they protested and won. Thanks for opening my eyes to a new perspective of social activism at its greatest.
    From one film maker to another!!! Congrats!!


  3. acroamatic said

    Hi Eric, thanks for signing my DVD. Loved the documentary. While I was watching, it occurred to me that you used to work in CIT, where I currently work.

  4. Habib said

    The more I am reading about Chek Jawa, the more I am getting anticipated to go and visit the place and I am sure I will visit it soon. The six eco-system in once place must be something to watch.

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