The year is 2185 and Singapore has sent two of its citizens to explore space.
Colonel Murugan ‘Morgan’ Ramachandran and Commander Khalil ‘Kyle’ Barrett are on a mission to explore Jupiter’s moon, and it’s not going well.
Although the country lauds them as icons of peace in a post-racial Singapore, alone with only each other for company, they are constantly at each other’s throats.
Morgan accuses the half-Malay, half-German Kyle of getting the job because of his father, while Kyle bristles at Morgan’s condescending views of what it means to be a true citizen.
Yet, in the battle between nepotism and nationalism, the two men find a reprieve and come to a gentle understanding about each other.
Directed by Sanif Olek, ‘The Manifest’ is inspired by the winning logline from Thomas Goh, one of the winners in the Lapis Sagu Film Contest. The short film is part of ‘Together Apart’, an anthology of three short films from Project Lapis Sagu, a crowdsourced film initiative on cultural diversity and social integration presented by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).