Unteachable follows the story of Damian, a struggling teenager at the bottom rung of Singapore’s academic ladder, and a young teacher Meixi, who is on a mission to transform the way learning is conducted in classes like his.
Meixi grew up in a country where grades define self-worth for many. She challenges teenagers like Damian, deemed “unteachable” by society, to rekindle their natural love for learning. Convinced that the best way to master a subject is to take ownership of both learning and teaching, Meixi introduces Tutoriá (Tutorial Relationships) in Damian’s classroom. Originally from Mexico, Tutoriá redefines everything students and teachers think they know about learning in school.
Will this be a passing phase or a game-changer? How will this deviation from the norm impact the lives of these students, their teachers, and beyond?
A Singapore story with global implications, Unteachable is a never-before-seen insight into the lives of teenagers on the margins and their teachers who labour tirelessly to help them thrive against the odds.
Director: Shuling Yong
Producer: Lisa Teh
Editor: Mirabelle Ang
Cinematographer: Shuling Yong
Executive Producers: Tan Pin Pin & Violet Du Feng
Impact Advisor: Daniel Moretti
Impact & Outreach Partner: Rebekah Lin
Impact & Outreach Partner: Cheryl Chong
Good Pitch Outreach Coordinator: Samantha Choo
Forums & Labs
Tribeca Film Institute Network Market 2018
KTQ Labs 2017
CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum 2017
Docs By The Sea 2017
Good Pitch² Southeast Asia 2017
Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago’s Diverse Voices in Docs Program 2013
DocNet Southeast Asia 2014