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A little kindness can go a long way

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The Singapore Kindness Movement's powerful short film drives home a very important message about being kind to your neighbours

According to the Singapore Kindness Movement's (SKM) new short film, an act as simple as being kind to your neighbours can go a long way in making the nation a better place to live in.

Neighbours, which has a 60-second runtime, was uploaded to SKM's YouTube channel KindnessSG on Monday (July 6) and is currently being screened at selected cinemas across Singapore.

In the short but powerful film, a woman living in a HDB flat labels her neighbours as "idiots" after her sleep is disrupted by construction noises and the sound of children crying.

When she gets up to confront her neighbours, she finally understands their various situations and realises that she hasn't made an effort to get to know them better. 

If this sounds familiar to you, it's probably because you have had similar experiences living in an HDB flat.

By putting out a film that many can relate to, SKM hopes to foster better relationships between neighbours and encourage Singaporeans to help make Singapore a kinder nation in their own small ways.

“If more individuals would reach out to their neighbours in kindness, building up a network of mutually-supportive friendships in the process, the idea of a Nation of Kindness will soon materialise," said SKM's general secretary Dr William Wan.