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The feature film The Story of Southern Islet will screen after the short film Flying Dream.
Flying Dream (2018)
Director: Jai Jai
Runtime: 24 minutes
A small piece of paper aeroplane holds young Mong Thongdee’s dreams. Born to illegal migrants who fled to Thailand from the civil war in Myanmar, Mong was born on a lychee farm without a legal birth certificate from Thailand. After emerging first in regional and national paper aeroplane competitions, Mong is invited to represent Thailand in an international competition in Japan. Stateless, Mong becomes tangled in the mounting legal obstacles that prevent him from leaving the country or even traveling across borders between provinces.
The Story of Southern Islet (Nan Wu) (2020)
Director: Keat Aun Chong
Runtime: 105 minutes
Language: Hokkien, Chinese, Malay
Rating: PG13 (Some Disturbing Scenes)
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Woven from the filmmaker’s memories of growing up in the paddy fields of Kedah, a valley located on the border between Thailand and Malaysia, The Story of Southern Islet explores the entwined spirituality and folklore of Siamese and Malaysian identity through a woman’s journey to save her bedridden husband. As he becomes increasingly incapacitated with an incurable sickness, his skeptical wife becomes drawn to the local shamans and deities in a desperate search for a cure.
Commanding a cinematic melange of wide long shots, de-centered framing, and warm lighting, the film suggests that the palpable spaces on screen may be inhabited by an otherworldly existence. Undetectable by human sight, these spectral bodies transcend modern rationalities.
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