{ From Victoria Street To Ang Mo Kio }

A documentary by Eva Tang

From Victoria Street To Ang Mo Kio takes you back to the mid-20th century, to the grounds of Victoria Street. It follows the lives of two girls, simply trying to get an education. So too their principal, who comes up against strong political and social forces — but simply fights on for her students.

Through hours of research and interviews, filmmaker Eva Tang has captured the creaky staircases and alleyway classes of an era past. Deftly transitioning to modern Singapore, she distills the grit of a group of women determined to forge an education for themselves in a time and place of few choices.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry at this universal tale of triumph.

早在殖民地时代,新加坡的教育景观就很多元,不同语文源流的学校之外,还有官办、民办,教会学校也是其中重要的一支。华校当中,天主教女校为数甚少。这些华校女生,也遭遇不平等的对待。她们在不同时代的历史大潮中,展现另一群华校女子的风貌,值得记录。

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October 12, Sat, 11am
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The Cathay (Handy Road)



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{ Reviews }

“And before you think the film will alienate non-IJ girls, I would argue that you could still relate if you went to a Chinese-language school, or a SAP school, or even are simply interested in part of Singapore schools’ history.”

– Jeanette Tan, mothership




这已不只是一部娓娓道来、情怀细腻的校史片,也是为本地教育图景留下的一幅历史剪影,你会看到无声潜流有时更能发聩震聋。一部能打动人的作品,题材本身固然重要,真正能触动人心的往往是说故事人的心思与诠释。《姑娘堂女校》

章星虹
——编辑

“这部电影也再次勾起一件童年往事,让我深深感受到自己是一个时代的产物。”《美丽的错误》

黄素玫
—— 教育工作者

From Victoria Street to Ang Mo Kio crystallises a segment of history about Singapore’s first Catholic missionary Chinese girls’ school. It encapsulates the essence and ethos of the institution through the passage of time, simultaneously paying tribute to the inspiring educators who earnestly shaped the minds of their students.

Christine Seow
Film Critic, SINdie

https://www.sindie.sg/2019/05/review-from-victoria-street-to-ang-mo.html



从《我们唱着的歌》到《從维多利亚街到宏茂桥》,两部纪录片都有谈的一个重点,就是华校的命运和那一代被牺牲的人的处境。

黄淑君
电台编导/主持人
南洋女子中学

我不算是华校生,也不是圣尼格拉校友。看完《从维多利亚街到宏茂桥》还是掉了眼泪。

圣尼格拉校友和学生是有福的,宝翠如此用心制作了自己母校的纪录片,让从前现在和未来的师生都能通过这部自己学校的“传记”了解创校的艰难、修女们的爱心坚持和学校的发展。

宝翠说除了拍校史,她更想要拍出校友以外也会想要看这部纪录片的内容。果然,她发挥了做纪实纪录片的严谨认真再加上有故事人物情节的方式,穿插校友访问,使得记录篇容易消化和亲近。

从《我们唱着的歌》到《從维多利亚街到宏茂桥》,两部纪录片都有谈的一个重点,就是华校的命运和那一代被牺牲的人的处境。

有人曾经说一个导演有时候一辈子拍的无数片子,都是一个主题,我不晓得宝翠接下来会不会再拍涉及华校生的主题,但是她确实是在这个步伐快速,很少回顾的社会,甚至对一些人而言是不愿提及的禁忌话题中,以平实的角度勇敢地呈现历史。

即使不堪,终究是我们国家发展过程中,一段历史,一个伤痛。

而影片最终的一个受访者谈到学校为什么在培养了那么多成绩优秀的学生,有建议可以开办高才班,或转为自主学校,却在一位修女( 应该是学校监理委员会的一员)坚持下,保持原状。因为办教育就是要让所有人有机会受教育。时间久了,人们很容易会为了追求卓越而忘记初心。( 大意)

宗教的良善在办学的理念里没有因为时代的洪流而改变。看到这里感动不已,眼泪不自觉掉下来。


宗教的良善在办学的理念里没有因为时代的洪流而改变。看到这里感动不已,眼泪不自觉掉下来。

你如果是圣尼格拉人,是一定要看的呀。如果是华校生,会有共鸣。如果想了解我们国家某个时代的历史,也值得看。如果是新加坡人,请支持本地导演。

噢,竟然没有不看的理由。耐心等待商业放映吧!商业环境是现实的,没人买票就会被匆匆下画的。哭点低的人记得带纸巾。


“这是一部每个教育工作者都应该看的纪录片。”

李立群
教育工作者
圣公会中学校友


我不是圣尼各拉的校友,但是《从维多利亚到宏茂桥》却能引起我的共鸣。这是一部每个教育工作者都应该看的纪录片。

想必看了这部纪录片的观众都会对其黑白的部分赞誉有加。是的,这个部分拍得很细腻,无论是旋转楼梯的脚步、女学生们天真的表情,还是李芳济修女的一举手一投足,都很有电影感。邓宝翠导演下足了功夫,用镜头抓住了每一瞬间的关键点。当被告知无望搬入新校舍时,望着修女校长落寞的背影,我已热泪盈眶,到了她痛心地把消息告知女生们时,我早已泪流满面。流泪不单单是为她们感到不值,也想起了身为老华校生的爸爸,虽然失智了,但谈到华文教育的坎坷仍咬牙切齿、历历在目。还想起自己的老师们,明明曾经是教史地教经济的名师,却被迫教不擅长的华文;有的华文教不了,只能用蹩脚的英语教数理。也想起自己的学长,纵使科科优等,只因为英文不及格而无法升学……

我们这几代人,面对那么多不公,却这么一步一步走过来了……就如李宝丝校长一样,肩负重任,咬紧牙根,以知其不可为而为之的精神,把圣尼各拉从一所一度因语言政策改变而收生减少的华校,发展成如今一位难求的名校。圣尼各拉“德、纯、义、坚”的校训就在李宝丝校长身上得以完美体现,李芳济校长何尝不是。这两位校长心中有爱,爱学生、爱教职员、爱校园的一草一木,把学校当家一样经营。难怪现在的圣尼各拉女生还亲切地把李宝丝校长称为校长婆婆,还在校园为她庆祝生日,她明明就是她们的婆婆,一切发生得那么亲切自然。只要心中有爱,无需高谈阔论、无需绩效考核,每一步走来都会踏踏实实。

最后,在影片快结束时,我正要收拾心情回家,怎知受访校友周蕴菁的一番话又让我思潮起伏。圣尼各拉可以自主但最终经过多方考量后选择不自主,在她转述修女的一番话后,导演让黑白部分的一幕幕倒叙,仿佛在提醒观众圣尼各拉办校的初衷。在写这篇“周记”时,我还特地去浏览了圣尼各拉的网页,当年圣婴修道院的修女办学校的初衷其实是很伟大的,纵使条件艰难,她们以扶持贫困、弱势的孩童为己任,尤其是在重男轻女的旧社会被忽视的女生,她们要帮助女生成为自强自信的人,并坚信每个孩子都有其生命的价值。是的,看到这个处处讲求功利的社会,看到许多教育工作者把学校当一盘生意来经营,圣尼各拉的决定特别令人感动。

教育所为何事?走出首都剧院,在回家的路上,这个问题一直在我的脑际萦绕。就不知首映当晚的贵宾——王乙康教育部长,看完电影后有什么体会?

李立群
圣公会中学校友
教育工作者





因为参与第七届新加坡华语电影节,成为幕后工作人员的关系,我看了两次《从维多利亚街到宏茂桥》。 每看一回,我都有感触,就想起了超过二十年前在中正中学(分校)求学的时光(1993-1996)。 要感谢圣尼各拉校友会,委托邓宝翠执导这部纪录片,让我一边看试片的时候,一边想起以前求学难忘的时光。

吴劲宪
《狮子岛上新加坡人生活日记》
板主
中正中学(分校)1996年毕业班

因为参与第七届新加坡华语电影节,成为幕后工作人员的关系,我看了两次《从维多利亚街到宏茂桥》。每看一回,我都有感触,就想起了超过二十年前在中正中学(分校)求学的时光(1993-1996)。

一幕是圣尼各拉原校舍遭逢暴雨,修女和一众学生连忙搬着座椅黑板去到别处上课的片段。这让我想起,每逢大雨降在基里玛路校舍的时候,没有了遮挡雨水的装置,走廊都会是一片湿漉漉的。每当休息时去餐厅的时候,为了避雨都会学螃蟹那样侧着身子走。

另外一幕,则是新加坡华社爆发学潮左右派系斗争时期,专业演员怂恿学生夜晚去补习,往后回去新中国上大学参与祖国的建设。我就想起了中一开学的头一天,母亲叮咛不要活跃参加学生组织。我问她为什么,她说她觉得共产党的余魂犹在。想必是以前的学潮所留下的阴影,让她挥之不去的。我回答没事的,到了最后,我还是进了学长团,在中四那年当了正团长。

到了华校转型的部分,我更特别有feel。因为,那年会考成绩(1996年)的华文比起英文科目出色,理科则是满江红。教我华文的老师,再三嘱咐我毕业之后,投身华文教育。但是,那时成绩情况不利于我,不能升上理工学院。所以,只好走和上万普通学子不一样的路途,以不同的方式与华文接触,比如用华文写部落格、参与华语电影节、在外国华语立媒体写专栏等等。

以上所谈到的,要感谢圣尼各拉校友会,委托邓宝翠执导这部纪录片,让我一边看试片的时候,一边想起以前求学难忘的时光。

吴劲宪
《狮子岛上新加坡人生活日记》板主
中正中学(分校)1996年毕业班



Ultimately, what makes the film more than a mere alumni-led docu-drama is its universal affirmation of the value of education, and how it shapes and produces individuals who do good for our society.

Lim Wei
Research Fellow (National Library Board)
Senior Correspondent, Singapore Press Holdings


邓宝翠 Eva Tang has proven herself to be a Singaporean filmmaker with a unique and authentic voice, who consistently puts out films that are both deeply heartfelt and thought-provoking.

In case you think “From Victoria Street to Ang Mo Kio” is a feel-good tribute to St.Nicks, well it is and it isn’t.

You don’t have to be a girl school alumnus to appreciate Tang’s sensitively portrayed plight, pride and transformation of the Chinese-educated minority by switching from dramatisation, talking heads and meticulously researched rare archival material.

Ultimately, what makes the film more than a mere alumni-led docu-drama is its universal affirmation of the value of education, and how it shapes and produces individuals who do good for our society.

邓宝翠 Eva Tang has proven herself to be a Singaporean filmmaker with a unique and authentic voice, who consistently puts out films that are both deeply heartfelt and thought-provoking.

In case you think “From Victoria Street to Ang Mo Kio” is a feel-good tribute to St.Nicks, well it is and it isn’t.

You don’t have to be a girl school alumnus to appreciate Tang’s sensitively portrayed plight, pride and transformation of the Chinese-educated minority by switching from dramatisation, talking heads and meticulously researched rare archival material.

Ultimately, what makes the film more than a mere alumni-led docu-drama is its universal affirmation of the value of education, and how it shapes and produces individuals who do good for our society.

Lim Wei
Research Fellow (National Library Board)
Senior Correspondent, Singapore Press Holdings



It was hard to not feel moved while watching Victoria Street to Ang Mo Kio. It is a plucky underdog story about how a community of Singaporean women, through strength, compassion and selflessness, overcame powerful political, social and linguistic forces.  In doing so, they forged an education for themselves on their own terms in a time and place where there were few easy choices.

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{ FAQ }

  1. Are these screenings open to public?
    Of course!

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  2. Will you have more screenings in the future?
    We certainly hope so!

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  3. How long is the documentary?
    70 minutes.

    Every screening starts promptly as we do not have advertisements.

  4. Will there be a DVD release or online streaming option in the future?
    We will work towards alternative releases but these are not our priority as we are now focused on giving everyone the best possible cinematic experience. Please come watch our documentary in the theatres if you can make it!

  5. Is this documentary available for private screening? Who do I contact?
    Write to hello@fvs2amk.com. Thank you for your interest.

{ Overheard }

“感谢您的提示,昨天周日买了票去看圣尼各拉女校的校史! 拍得好,很到味,也很到位。”

“For a boy who grew up around and was raised by mothers, sisters and aunts who attended St Nicks, watching the film helped me better appreciate the kind of formative educational social experiences that made them such strong, plucky, independent, compassionate, and caring individuals.”




“ I’m so grateful my mum sent me to St Nicks!” 
“Me too!” 
“Later during Mother’s Day dinner I will tell her.” 
“Will she think you are suddenly so emo or not?” 
“Won’t lah” 
“I’m so grateful to myself for choosing St Nicks on the top 6 schools form.”
“Me too”
“I AM SO GRATEFUL TO MYSELF FOR TRIGGERING THE SCHOOL TRANSFER!”


[Overheard among 5 girls at The Cathay as people were streaming out after a screening]