Pink Dot 2014 campaign video: Director’s note
Pink Dot 2014: For Family, For Friends, For Love
By Leon Cheo
Pink Dot means a lot to me. Before it came about, Singapore didn’t appear open-minded and compassionate enough. Now, Pink Dot represents the possibility that Singapore can be a place where LGBT people are included.
Having been a producer on two past Pink Dot videos, this is a cause that feeds my soul. When I was asked to direct this year’s Pink Dot Video, I wanted to feature real people and real stories, and represent a larger spectrum of LGBT and straight Singaporeans. In turn, I wanted to find out the different meanings that people attach to Pink Dot.
To many, Pink Dot is a symbol of acceptance, hope, empowerment, representation, and above all, love. Straight people also shared why they believe acceptance of fellow LGBT Singaporeans is important for them and their families.
This combination of voices – from people like you and I – can perhaps be seen as a reflection of Singapore’s own journey towards a kinder and more empathetic society.
This video would not have been possible without the many individuals who shared with us a part of their lives, a very dedicated crew of volunteers who have put in their time and energy, and lastly, our generous contributors and sponsors. Thank you for making this a most memorable experience.
About the Director
Leon Cheo is a graduate from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film & Media Studies and Chapman University (Singapore). His short films have travelled to festivals in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Tehran, Bangkok, Germany, Tokyo, and more. Leon is an alumni of the Berlinale Talents (2014), Asian Film Academy (2013) and Tokyo Talent Campus (2012). His latest short film, The Three Sisters, won Best Short Film at the 7th NETPAC-Jogja Asian Film Festival. Leon was also a producer for the Pink Dot Campaign Videos in 2012 and 2013.