Esplanade Presents


A Yellow Bird

by K. Rajagopal (Singapore, France)

7 Aug 2022, Sun, 2pm & 7pm

2hrs 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Annexe Studio

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After serving eight years in jail, Siva is released back into a world outside bars. He has to grapple with his minority status and the fractures he created within his family. With a mother who rejected him, and a society that offers no respite, Siva roams the streets as a vagabond. He befriends Chen Chen, a Chinese prostitute who connects with him through their shared desperation. When Siva discovers a terrible truth, he plunges into a liminal zone between death and redemption.


There will be a post-show talk with K Rajagopal and Sivakumar Palakrishnan after the film screening. Get up close with them and find out more about the film making.


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Rating: M18

Mature Themes and Sexual Scenes 

Admission Age:
18 and above.
Language: Tamil, Mandarin, English, Hokkien
Surtitle Language: English
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Artist Information

K. Rajagopal

K. Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for three consecutive years with his short films: I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997). In 2010, he wrote and directed Timeless, a short film commissioned by the National Museum of Singapore which won Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the 2011 Singapore Short Film Awards. In 2015, his short film The Flame was part of the SG50-commissioned omnibus feature film 7 Letters, which had its Asian premiere at the Busan International Film Festival. His debut feature film, A Yellow Bird, premiered at the 55th Critics' Week, Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and won Best Film at the ASEAN Film Awards 2017.

Sivakumar Palakrishnan

Sivakumar Palakrishnan is a life-long learner. An award-winning actor who has represented Singapore at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, not to mention a consummate film producer and maker, he has contributed to the education sector by imparting practical knowledge to Singapore’s new breed of filmmakers. A true pracademic—as the education profession terms him to be. Sivakumar has also touched the lives of many young people in Singapore, especially the Indian community. He is a familiar face on local television, as well as an active and enthusiastic educator in Singapore cinema off-screen.

Date & Time

7 Aug 2022, Sun


Esplanade Annexe Studio


Esplanade Annexe Studio

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