Private Project

Losing Ground

In 2023, a third of Dover Forest will be cleared for urban development. As the forest faces impending destruction, the film reveals the true extent of what it has to offer, as well as the biodiversity and natural beauty that thrives within. With various flora and fauna calling it their home, Dover Forest demonstrates how it is more than just a 'patch of green' in Singapore.

  • Sebastian Tim Rabald
    Sound Recordist & Mixer
  • Asyraf Jalil
  • Muhammed Haritz
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 17, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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    Yes - Lasalle College of The Arts, Puttnam School of Film & Animation
Director Biography - CHIN WANG TAM

Chin Wang has always been passionate about storytelling and visual art. His diverse experience includes working as a digital content developer for Singapore Polytechnic, as well as freelancing as a photographer and production sound recordist in the industry. These experiences enabled him to become a versatile filmmaker capable of taking on a wide range of roles. His strong creative vision and keen eye for detail, makes him a trusted and reliable filmmaker who consistently produces high quality work.
He has received recognition for his short film, Foster, which was awarded Best Cinematography and Favourite Film at ciNE65 Short Film Competition. His portfolio also includes, Connection, which he produced as part of 20/20: The Temasek Short Film Project, and another short film, Fleeting, which he collaborated with creatives in New York City. Most recently, he directed the documentary, Losing Ground.

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Director Statement

Nature is all around us and we may forget that Singapore was once fully covered in forest which had been gradually cleared over time. Dover Forest is more than a "patch of green", it is an invaluable space that offers people the opportunity to create new experiences and memories. I couldn't help but think about how Dover Forest is situated at a highly accessible spot in Singapore and many people pass by it every day without giving it a second thought.
As I embarked on this film, I immersed myself in and around Dover Forest to learn and experience this unique space firsthand. I began to feel and sense the real value this place has to offer. I saw how this was a space that allowed people to bond and enjoy the fauna
and flora and I also witnessed how nature has been brought closer to the residents who relish the tranquillity of their morning and evening jogs in their backyard.
Losing Dover Forest would be a great loss as it is part of Singapore that we call home. It highlights the importance of appreciating and treasuring these remaining natural spaces in Singapore and I hope that this film will engage the audiences to discover the real value of
Dover Forest and witness the loss of this incredible space.