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Masala Mama

The young son of a “rag-and-bone” man dreams of drawing superheroes, much to the chagrin of his pragmatic father. When the son steals a comic book

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Masala Mama

Drama, Comedy

The young son of a “rag-and-bone” man dreams of drawing superheroes, much to the chagrin of his pragmatic father. When the son steals a comic book from a shop, he learns to find the courage to dream with a little help from the kind-hearted storekeeper.

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  • Michael Kam
  • Mohan Vellayan
    Vernon Ng
    Oh Eng Soon
    Narainda Subramaniam
  • Singapore
  • Tamil
    Hokkien
  • 8 Mins
  • 2010

Accolades

Berlin International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Generation Kplus

Singapore International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection

Singapore Short Film Awards, 2011

Best Director

About The Director

Michael Kam graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Film Production from the School of Film & Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore). Since his graduation, Michael directed four short films, including “Tau Gay Not Enough”, which premiered on national television during the Prime Minister’s 2005 National Day Rally Speech. Michael has served as mentor and judge in ciNE65, and as a jury for the National Youth Film Awards.

Director's Statement

When I was young, I was crazy about comic books, which I purchased with regularity from the nighbourhood shop run by a friendly Indian "mama" (Tamil for "uncle", hence the affectionate term "mama shop"). These shops have since been mostly overrun by the 7-11's of the world. This little film gives me a chance to revisit this part of my memory, and to tell a story about a friendship that can transcend age, race and language.