Singapore, Netherlands team for 'Nadra'

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore has signed its first co-production agreement with a Dutch company, the Media Development Authority of Singapore said Wednesday in Cannes.

The $6.5 million feature "Nadra," helmed by Dutch director Ben Sombogaart, is being produced by Singapore's Monsoon Pictures and Holland's IdtV Film.

Pre-financing has begun and shooting is scheduled to begin in the Netherlands, Singapore and Malaysia in mid-2008.

Dutch outfit A Film Distribution has acquired Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) rights. Golden Village Pictures will distribute the film in Singapore.

"Nadra" is based on the true story of 13-year-old Bertha Hertogh, who was at the center of a 1950s custody battle that led to Muslim-Christian clashes and deadly rioting in Singapore.

"Nadra" received a development grant last year from government agency, the Singapore Film Commission (SFC).

Singapore Film Commission director and MDA director of broadcast and film development, Man Shu Sum, described the film as a "landmark made-by-Singapore film set against the backdrop of the Maria Hertogh riots -- a significant part of Singapore's history that underscores the importance of racial and religious harmony."

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