Island Nation is a documentary project that tells the stories of people who once lived on the islands of southern Singapore.

Contrary to popular belief, the island nation known as Singapore is not one island, but comprised of more than 60 islands at one point in time.

As the young nation progressed economically, many of these islands were zoned for utilitarian purposes. The islanders had to abandon their old ways of life and relocate to mainland Singapore.

Island Nation aims to capture this living history and weave it into the broader native of Singapore’s nationhood.

As featured in:

South China Morning Post – Forgotten Singapore: evicted islanders grieve for lost ‘paradise’

Malaysiakini (English) – The last Malay islanders

Malaysiakini (Bahasa Melayu) – Melayu terakhir di pulau Singapura

The Straits Times – Lives of residents of Singapore’s southern islands captured in documentary

The Straits Times – 15 things about SG50 we will remember

SG Magazine – Island Nation

Mothership – 7 things Singapore mainlanders take for granted, but which our orang laut appreciate

Singapura Stories – Public Lecture Series – Pulau Sudong

This project is by Captured.


This project is supported under the Singapore Memory Project’s irememberSG Fund, as part of the Singapore50 (SG50) celebrations.