A rag man who collects other people's past finds it hard
to forget his own.
By Nisar and Nazir Husain Keshvani
Cast: G Morias, M Humayun, H Parin, H Akbar, H Taufeeq
offers to buy S’pore short film
Only one Singaporean winner came to collect prize
Director scores Oscar
As children growing up in Singapore, our mother would scare us into
submission by threatening to give us away to the rag and bone or
'karung guni' man if we were naughty. As adults, we started to see
the rag man in a different light, and as filmmakers we were curious
about the life of a rag man. We created a fictional rag man with
a poignant past. In the process, we saw the rag man as less of a
bogeyman and more of a human being.
Film Festival Awards
Special Jury Prize Singapore Short Film Competition (6th Singapore
International Film Festival)
Singapore Short Cuts, National Museum of Singapore
2005: Arts Central, Mediacorp TV 12
1997: Singapore International Film Festival - Short Film Festival
1995: Moving Images Programme, Substation Singapore
1993: Hawaii International Film Festival Asian Discoveries Programme
1993: Singapore International Film Festival/Short Film Competition
Nazir Husain Keshvani grew up in the cinema halls of Singapore.
He works in the publishing industry as a freelance writer/editor.
His passion has always been filmmaking and learnt the ropes by participating
in various film projects. His film credits include co-directing
Ragged (1993) and Hurt Instinct (1994). Both films won the Special
Jury Prize at the Singapore International Film Festivals. He went
on to direct various documentaries and the “Holidays in Hell”
travelogue which premiered at the 14th Singapore International Film
Singaporean Nisar Husain Keshvani is a film-maker, educator and
journalist. In the last decade he has worked across five continents.
His film credits include co-directing Ragged (1993) and Hurt Instinct
(1994). Both films won the Special Jury Prize at the Singapore International
Film Festivals. He has directed various corporate productions and
curated “fineArt in motion”, showcasing 14 young and
emerging international artists. Premiering at the Multimedia Art
Asia Pacific Festival (Australia) and the Digital Media Festival
01 (Manila), the programme travelled to over 12 locations in Asia,
Australia, Latin America and Europe.