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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life

Directed by Gladys Ng

Singapore / 2016 / 11 mins / English with English subtitles / Color / 16:9, D-Cinema

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In And Out Of The Slipstream

CGV Cinemas 3
May 2, 2017 9:00 pm


Yokes struggles to say goodbye to Steph Chan who is leaving Singapore for good. Set against a backdrop of the impending “O” Levels, the girls spend their last day together, in the after-hours of school, chatting about seemingly trivial matters. What lies beneath their youthful exuberance, is a complexity of emotions as they contemplate happiness in the face of Steph Chan’s unavoidable departure. On whose pursuit of happiness is she leaving for? The film attempts to use the ephemeral nature of human interaction to bring out the permanence and impermanence of human relationships.

Director's Bio

Gladys’ films reflect her nature, often nuanced and subtle, interspersed with wry humour. Her short film, My Father After Dinner, was selected in the Best Singapore Short Program at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). She was trained in writing and directing at the Victorian College of the Arts and participated in FLY ASEAN-ROK. Her latest short, The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life, is a commission of the 27th SGIFF.


Director: Gladys Ng
Cinematographer: Nicole Chai
Editor: Tan Wei Ting
Post-Production: Mocha Chai Laboratories
Cast: Lam Li Shuen, Zoea Tania

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  1. In And Out Of The Slipstream

    Shorts Programs / 92 mins
    From rigorously meditative to annoyingly talky, the quality of talk — or in some cases the absence of it — distinguishes this set of uniquely visionary short works. At turns deeply personal to pointedly political, how the characters in these works “talk it out” invites one and all to follow along. — Abraham Ferrer

    In This Program: If I Were Any Further Away I’d Be Closer to Home, Death in a Day, Lily, Best Buds, Blooming Night, Prom, Please Hold, Selfie, The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life

Dates & Times

Plays In:
In And Out Of The Slipstream

CGV Cinemas 3
May 2, 2017 9:00 pm