A Yellow Bird

by K. Rajagopal


Siva, a Singaporean Indian man is released after years in prison for contraband smuggling.

Unable to find forgiveness from his mother, he begins a quest to locate his ex-wife and daughter.

Just as he finds solace and hope in the company of an illegal Chinese prostitute,​ he is confronted with an unbearable truth about his family.

How far will he go in order to redeem himself from his guilt?


Singapore/France  2016  112mn  1.85:1  5.1  Tamil, Mandarin, English, Hokkien  1st Feature Film

produced by

Fran Borgia, Claire Lajoumard, Jeremy Chua

written by

Jeremy Chua, K. Rajagopal


Sivakumar Palakrishnan

Huang Lu

Seema Biswas

Udaya Soundari

Nithiyia Rao

Indra Chandran


Cinematography Michael Zaw Editor Fran Borgia Sound Justin Loh & Roman Dymny Production design James Page

Director's Filmography

Selected list of Short features, winner 3 times of the Singapore IFF*

1995  I can’t sleep tonight*

1996  The Glare*

1997  Absence*

1999  Brother

2008  Lucky 7

2008  The New World

2010  Timeless

2015  The Flame (Short)

Festivals and Awards

  • Cannes – Official Competition in 55th Critic’s Week
  • Vladivostok Pacific Meridian IFF, Competition
  • Asiatica Encounters IFF, Rome, Competition
  • Hamburg IFF, Asia Express
  • Crime & Punishment IFF, Panorama
  • Indian FF in the Hague, Netherlands, Window on Asian Cinema
  • Busan IFF – Asian Premiere – Window on Asian Cinema
  • Hong Kong Asian FF – New Talent Award section
  • London East Asia FF – Competition
  • Morelia, Mexico – Official Selection
  • Five Flavors FF Poland – Official Selection
  • IFFI Goa – Indian Premiere
  • Luang Prabang, Lao – Competition
  • Beijing, Panorama
  • Osaka Asian FF, Panorama
  • Bangkok Asian FF, Official selection
  • Singapore IFF, Competition
  • Wathann Film festival, Myanmar
  • Oz Asia Festival, Panorama
  • Jaffna International FF, Sri Lanka
  • Tingin FF, Philippines Panorama

Comments by K. Rajagopal

” This film is a meditation on the position of Indians in multi-cultural Singapore,”

“I was going for the underbelly, the marginal, because Singapore has a reputation for being modern and ordered. But there is this other side. It is a reality too.”

” all Singaporeans take an oath at school to defend its multiethnic make-up”.

“We stand by racial harmony, it is a pledge we all take.”

Charles Tesson's quote

A Yellow Bird discloses the unknown picture of a city through clashes between the Chinese and Indian communities. Just like its hero, a character inhabited by devastating rage, the film conveys its thrilling tension” – Charles Tesson – General Delegate of La Semaine de la Critique