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Striking Singapore death penalty film stirs emotions at Cannes

Boo Junfeng's film Apprentice is about the executioner trade from the hangman's perspective

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Boo, 32, one of a new wave of talented Singapore filmmakers, said his friends who are against the death penalty "may be disappointed by the film", which is showing in the Certain Regard section at Cannes.

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BEFORE he made his new film about the death penalty, Boo Junfeng sat down to tea with some of Singapore's retired hangmen.

He also talked to the priests and imams who helped condemned prisoners make their last walk to the gallows.

And most difficult of all, the young