Esplanade Presents


Film Screening: I Want To Go Home

Wesley Leon Aroozoo (Singapore)

14 Aug 2022, Sun, 8pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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On 11 March 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week in search for her. Compelled and inspired to share his story, I Want To Go Home is a journey from Singapore to Onagawa through the lens of the intrigued to meet him. Of unlikely friendships across borders and languages; to share a man’s loss, recovery and determination to reunite with his wife. I Want To Go Home had its world premiere and was nominated for the Mecenat Award at the Busan International Film Festival.


The feature film has been adapted to an English-Japanese autobiographical novel (also titled I Want To Go Home). In 2021, it was also adapted as a multi-sensory installation by The Arts House and Mural Lingo for the Light to Night Festival 2021.


Mask-wearing is required for all indoor events. No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Language: Japanese
Subtitle Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Wesley Leon Aroozoo

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Wesley is a multi-disciplinary artist with 13 Little Pictures, with his works spanning from literary arts to film to theatre. His works have been nominated for the Busan International Film Festival Mecenat Award and Epigram Books Fiction Prize. He is the author of Bedok Reservoir, which was adapted for the stage and performed at the Goodman Arts Centre. A feature documentary companion to his second novella, I Want to Go Home had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival. It was also adapted as a multi-sensory exhibition by Mural Lingo and The Arts House for the Light to Night Festival. His latest historical fiction novel The Punkhawala and the Prostitute was presented at The Substation’s interactive tour An Artist’s Journey: You are Obviously in the Right Place. Wesley is also an educator having taught at various institutions, workshops and festivals. He is a graduate with a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University Tisch Asia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Filmmaking from Nanyang Technological University.

Date & Time

14 Aug 2022, Sun


Esplanade Concourse

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