Majulah Singapura

HD film (Duration – 01:01:19)
Conceived, cinematography, edited and directed by Hiroshi Sunairi
Sound by Hiroshi Sunairi and Iva, Nur’lffah Sa’adon
Produced by Joel Kimbeck


Since 2006, the artist Hiroshi Sunairi has been distributing seeds of the trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima around the world. As an universal remembrance of the event as well as a memorandum of hope in the life of trees, Majulah Singapura – Tree Project captures the launching of this art project, Tree Project in Singapore.  As a reference to the national anthem of Singapore, Majulah Singapura, the film focuses on the unique foundation of the country; a melting pot of diversity of races and culture.  Singapore’s Tree Project participants, selected based on their diverse backgrounds, reflect on their personal connections and meanings to the project.  They re-enact themselves in their familiar settings, and their dialogues, written in collaboration with Sunairi, create a unique atmosphere of a non-fiction or experimental documentary film.  As Corrie Tan of  leading Singapore newspaper The Straits Times wrote, with regards to her personal and intimate experience of growing Tree Project Camphor seeds with her family, “I also think there is a certain beauty in the unexpected, in the sort of art that does not shock and awe, but instead, worms its way quietly into your heart.”  These participants talk about what it means to grow a symbol of history and strength while the film is interwoven with the Singapore Wind Symphony’s “Majulah Singapura” as well as a participant’s band, Tralalalalalas’s tune.


Cast and written in collaboration with: Juria Toramae, Kamil Iqbal Haque, Michelle Xing, Azlyn Khalid, Sunia Teo (Singapore Botanic Gardens), Karol Tong, Tini Aliman (Tralalalalalas), Ng Jie Ling, Ng Say Leong, Ng Soh Goh, Poh Ah Swee, Quek Beng Choo, Poh You, Poh Lian Tee, Daniela Beltrani, Luca Beltrani, Ai and Chizue Honda

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Hibaku Seeds:
Tetsuya Sera (Hiroshima Botanical Garden)
Chikara Horiguchi (Arboriculture Hiroshima)

Hideko Yamada (Green Legacy Hiroshima/Ant-Hiroshima)
Tan Ai Hua Margaret (Tembusu College)
Jean Louise Lee (National Parks Board)
Adrian Tan (the Singapore Wind Symphony)
Melissa Lim (The Necessary Stage)
Jezamine Tan (The Necessary Stage)

Hokkien  – Melissa Lim
English  – Nick McDonell
8 & 10 January 2014, 8pm at The Salon, Level 1 at National Museum of Singapore

The exhibition:
8 – 19 January 2014, 10am – 8pm at  The Concourse, Level 1 at National Museum of Singapore

“Ritual Music,” Composed by David Skidmore and performed by Deng Wanlin (marimba, snare drums, tambourine), Ang Ching Hong (Tom-toms, marimba, tambourine), Nurul Maisarah Sainuddin (Bongos, Congas, crotales, marimba, tambourine) and Alfri Md Yusoff (bass drum, djembe, anvil, tambourine)

“Little Prince’s Funeral March,” Composed and performed by Tralalalalalas

“Majulah Singapura,” Composed by Zubir Said, Arranged & orchestrated by Phoon Yew Tien, Transcribed for wind band by ME5 Philip Tng, Performed by the Singapore Wind Symphony conducted by Richard Png

“Count on Me, Singapore,” Composed by Hugh Harrison, Arranged by Chen Zhangyi, Performed by the Singapore Wind Symphony conducted by Richard Png


Japan FoundationHiroshima Botanical GardenM1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014

Photo in the film: Edlyn Ng, Suzanna Kusuma, Sherry Yeu, Marianne Pereira, katy harris, Jezamine Tan, Juria Toramae, Karol Tong, Chizue Honda, Daniela Beltrani, Melissa Lim, Corrie Tan