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The greatest movie never made

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A still from the new documentary “Shirkers” on Netflix.

A still from the new documentary “Shirkers” on Netflix.



In the summer of 1992, a teenaged Sandi Tan and her friends shot an indie movie on the streets of Singapore. It was to become a kind of urban legend.

The movie was an ambitious project — inspired by auteurs like Jim Jarmusch and Federico Fellini, shot on 16mm film that they’d cajoled Kodak into donating, produced with a huge volunteer cast at locations all over the island. 

But soon after they’d finally wrapped production, all the footage disappeared. Now, nearly three decades later, Tan revisits this remarkable and haunting mystery with her new documentary, “Shirkers.”

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