This short local film is so touching, it made US editor cry

18 March 2014 / 2 years 7 months ago

It was so touching, it made the editor of HuffPost Good News tearful.

No surprise then that local short film Gift managed to go viral beyond Singapore and attract 400,000 views on YouTube since the sub-section of US online news site The Huffington Post wrote about it last Tuesday, reports The New Paper.

The moving seven-minute film tells of the fraught relationship between a poor man and his neglected and resentful young son. The boy grows up and learns after his father's death that his earlier absence had to do with showing kindness and generosity to the less fortunate.

Gift was released earlier this year on video-sharing platform Viddsee, a Singapore company that curates short films from South-east Asia.

It has become its most-viewed short film so far, out of more than 300 on their site, said co-founder Derek Tan.

This was after Mr Tan successfully pitched the possibility of a feature on Gift to a friend working at the Huffington Post. The friend was the one who told him about the editor's teary reaction.

The HuffPost Good News wrote of Gift: "It shouldn't take a seven-minute video to make us appreciate what our parents do for us, but we've found one anyway... It's a simple reminder to not judge a book - or a dad - by the cover."

Said Mr Tan: "Our server crashed last Thursday after viewership soared past 100,000, as the Viddsee platform wasn't ready to handle such a huge load."

The following day, his team uploaded Gift onto YouTube.

Some of the mostly positive comments that netizens posted described the clip as "beautiful" and "touching"."

View screengrabs of the short film below.

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