Singapura, Singapore at War (video)

“We pick up our guns not because we hate what is in front of us, but because we love what is behind us..”

Love this short film by Bertrand Lee. It is a film set in 2015 where Singapore encountered its first war in 50 years. It shows a soldier with his thoughts running through his mind while everything is in slow motion. I think this is so much better than any local production. It speaks volume in the short two and a half minute.


Love the line: “We pick up our guns not because we hate what is in front of us, but because we love what is behind us..”. I think this film fits the SG50 theme to the core. Don’t take peace for granted. Here is the short film.

Here are the details of this short film (copied from YouTube)


The film is set in 2015, in a hypothetical scenario that Singapore finally finds itself at war after 50 years of uninterrupted peace.

A young soldier boy’s thoughts are captured, as he is about to charge into battle, towards enemy fire. He goes through a plethora of emotions, from fear, to reminiscence, to realization, and finally, courage in the face of death.

About Bertrand Lee

Bertrand directed his first short film Trishaw, which picked up a National Award for Best Cinematography from Kodak’s “The Competition” that year. He embarked on a Director’s course at the Escola Superior de Cinema I Audiovisuales de Catalunya in Barcelona, where he directed his next short film La Conquista. It screened at the Cilect (Association of the World’s Major Film schools) 50th Anniversary Festival, which named it one of the best student films made in its history. His short film Birthday was the opening film for the short film section of the prestigious Venice Film Festival, and subsequently went on to screen at more than 50 international festivals, picking up 6 international festival awards. Bertrand currently works as a TV Commercials Director, and has directed ad campaigns for clients such as BreadTalk, Coca Cola, Singtel, Starhub, Rexona, in Singapore and around Asia.

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About ciNE65

ciNE65 returns for the third season in 2015, calling on Singaporeans to reflect on our past, present and future as a nation with the theme “Believing • Home” – as Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence as one people. Organised by Nexus, ciNE65 is a short film competition that provides a platform for Singaporeans and those in Singapore to express and embrace their Singaporean identity. For more information, please visit