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Shirkers' Sandi Tan on having her film stolen and then somehow reappear decades later

Filmmaker Sandi Tan shares her bittersweet story about losing a film she created at 19 years old, only to have it suddenly re-enter her life. Her new documentary, Shirkers, is about what it was like to lose a project that meant so much to her.
Sandi Tan's new documentary Shirkers is available now on Netflix. (Netflix)

Sandi Tan made a ripple when, at only 19 years old, she wrote, starred in and shot a full-length feature film with her friends in Singapore. The film, called Shirkers, received a lot of buzz in Singapore's film community — but it never saw the light of day.

Shockingly, after the shooting wrapped, the film's director, George, vanished with the footage.

Shirkers remained lost until two decades later when it suddenly re-entered Tan's life. She talks with Tom Power about her new documentary — also called Shirkers — and what it was like to lose a project that meant so much to her.

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