Last Saturday, we participated in the film premiere of “Baby Boy” by Singaporean filmmakers, Bambby Cheuk, Bryan Chua, Jessica Heng, and Toby Wu. We were really privileged to join in a panel discussion with Addy from the Last Resort, and bettered by the gracious input of Minister Desmond Lee, Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration, and Mr Eric Chua, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development.
Baby Boy is a coming-of-age film featuring 17 year-old Zaki, who navigates his ambitions amidst a troubled family past and impending fatherhood. Zaki’s experiences made for somber and salient conversation around the topics of youth needs:
A youth’s needs are best met when the youth is empowered to meet them in community. This means concerted efforts across various stakeholders, in the hope that a life would be bettered, and with the conviction that every life is worthy.