TIFF Lightbox 2 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 9:15 PM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
TIFF Lightbox 2 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 3:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sat, May 5, 2018 2:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2017
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Film & Filmmakers
Mystery & Intrigue
South & Southeast Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sandi Tan
Producer(s):Sandi Tan
Jessica Levin
Maya Rudolph
Executive Producer(s):Jason Spingarn-Koff
Kate Townsend
Lisa Nishimura
Editor(s):Lucas Celler
Sandi Tan
Kimberley Hassett
Writer(s):Sandi Tan
Cinematography:Iris Ng
Composer:Ishai Adar
Sound:Lawrence Everson


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An inspired labor of love for zine-making teens Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique, Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic—or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared. More than two decades later, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Magically, too, she returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.

Co-presented with Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Additional Information

CBC - "From McQueen to M.I.A. to Mister Rogers, here are the must-see arts films at Hot Docs 2018"

She Does the City - "10 Powerful, timely, weird & wonderful films you should check out at Hot Docs 2018"

Screen Anarchy - "Hot Docs 2018 Curtain Raiser: From M.I.A. To MeToo"

In the Seats - 4.5 Stars, "A lovely little ode to the passion of the eternal nature of the creative spirit."

The Film Corner with Greg Klymkiw - 5 stars, "A profoundly moving experience."