Our Work

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Jia Foundation (家基金会) was established in 2013 by the Lim and Lin families. Focusing on three main pillars, the arts, mental health and the elderly, the foundation is committed to catalytic change.

We are very happy to support the global impact work for Evelyn, a documentary available on Netflix and Unteachable, a film by Yong Shuling and Lisa Teh, selected for the Singapore International Film Festival in 2019.

About Evelyn:

evelyn EVELYN is a deeply personal film from Academy Award® winning filmmakers of THE WHITE HELMETS and VIRUNGA.  It is the story of how a family survives the unthinkable.

Fourteen years after the suicide of their son and brother, Evelyn, the family decide to walk the length of the UK and try to talk about him – something they had failed to do in over a decade.

This poetic feature documentary explores the fabric of grief and the longevity of love. Part quest film, part road-trip, part memoir, EVELYN is an exposition of the taboos of mental health and male emotion, and a tribute to our times.

We are also working with the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival and the Samaritans of Singapore to organise a series of info sessions around suicide prevention. Please contact rebekah@jiafoundation.org if you’d like to find out more.

About Unteachable:

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UNTEACHABLE follows Teacher Meixi as she tries out Tutorial Relationships, a novel teaching method from Mexico, in Normal-Technical Stream classes in Singapore.

For Damian and his classmates, learning in Meixi’s classroom is a deviation from what they’re used to. The tables are turned as students become teachers. Damian takes well to his newfound responsibilities and starts taking ownership of his learning, as well as helping his classmates with theirs. But Damian soon discovers some of the challenges his teachers face, having had the chance to step into their shoes.

After several months, Teacher Meixi’s attempt at helping her students find meaning in their learning is met with resistance and she struggles to find her place in the local system.

UNTEACHABLE captures the learning journeys of teenagers over a 4-year school period through to their graduation, giving a rare insight into their lives, fears of past failures, dreams for the future, and awareness of their place in society.

We do not give grants out on a regular basis. Please direct all queries to cheryl@jiafoundation.org if you have any. Thank you!