The migrant’s journey towards a place to call home

The third in the Unseen/Unsaid series of short films gives a personal perspective on the significance of the recently-closed Tanjong Pagar railway station to generations of immigrants to Singapore.

Check out more about the project at

Trains also figure in this beautiful short film celebrating the women of La Patrona, Veracruz in Mexico and their quest for human solidarity.

As the trains with their cargoes of human traffic head north to the United States, carrying the dreams of migrants and their families who stay behind, a hand of friendship is extended by the woman of La Patrona.

A reminder of our common humanity, the film had us in tears when we realised what is actually going on.

Please watch and pass on!

See also Dulce Pinzón’s The Real Story of the Superheroes, casting migrants from Mexico as the real superheroes of the United States, here.

Following on from this, do check out Finding Home Away From Home, in which foreign workers in Singapore seek out spaces that they can call their own.

This image is part of a series, exploring the public spaces that have adopted by the migrant workers of Singapore, if only for an evening.

You can see the complete series at Reclaim Land, a site set up by four journalism students to explore how ordinary people have created their own places despite living in the city-state of Singapore that is just over 700 kilometres-square in size — so small that some have called it a “little red dot”.

Watch Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy’s Civic Life film about the African migrant community of Dublin, in the iconic street market of Moore Street, below.

See also below When The Day Begins, directed by Prashant Somosundram, the winner of The People’s Choice Award, in the Civic Life: Tiong Bahru project’s short film competition, Where The Heart Is. The film documents the Lembu Road space in Little India, Singapore, where migrant workers of mainly Bangladeshi origin gather and socialise in a space that has evolved to remind them of home.

Visit the Where The Heart Is vimeo channel here.

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