Happy Birthday Ah Ma

The theme of this story is the disconnect that marks generations. Albert communicates clumsily with his aging grandmother, unable to speak the dialect that she understands, but tries to remain filial by visiting her in Pulau Ubin on her birthday. Hilarity ensues when he uses his friend (who is Malay) to act as translator for his conversations with Ah Ma. Albert stays only for a short while, but Ah Ma is content, at least until her next birthday. How much does physical, lingual and generational distance affect relationships? Happy Birthday Ah Ma is the story of two birthdays, and the distances in between.

  • Director: Christina Oer
  • Runtime: 14m22s
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Availability: library@esplanade
  • Accession No: 2007-D-0551
  • Subtitles: English
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Producer: Tay Hoo Wee
  • Language: English, Hokkien
  • Production Country: Singapore

Cast List:

  • Ang Siew Eng, Terence Tan, Adrian Pillay


  • Writer - Christina Oer
  • DHL - Alan Nordean
  • Camera Operators - Christina Oer, Tay Hoo Wee
  • Camera Assistant - Tony Gin
  • Consultant - Wong Hoon Cheung
  • Grip - Brian Koh
  • Assistant Grip - Alan Nordean
  • Location Recordist - KH
  • Photographers - Edgar su, Brien Koh, Ore Huiying
  • Editor - Ah Wee
  • Sound Designer - Brian Ong
  • Musician - Ricky Goh
  • Logistics - Wang Jiamei


  • Relationships: Grandmother/Grandson
  • Places: Office, Pulau Ubin
  • Language; Old Age

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