The Tree Remembers
Directed by Lau Kek-Huat
Taiwan / 89 mins / M18 – Mature Content
Malaysia-born, Taiwan-based filmmaker Lau Kek-Huat returns with a story of the Malayan Peninsula. This time, he explores the Orang Asli’s dwindling rights and the 1969 racial riots.
The film explores the insidious effects of racism through interviews and archival footage from the 1960s to remind viewers of certain ugly truths. The existence of transgressions in multi-race, modern-day Malaysia is clearly depicted in the parallels between the past and present. Taking cue from the proverb “What the axe forgets, the tree remembers”, the film gives space and time for this indigenous group in Malaysia to be unsilenced.
The Tree Remembers was nominated for Best Documentary, Best Music and Best Sound Design at the 21st Taipei Film Festival.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Writer and director Lau Kek-Huat often addresses ethnic issues in his work. A recipient of several awards including the Audience Choice Award at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival in 2016, his previous films include Ten Years Taiwan (2018) and Absent Without Leave (2016).
CAST & INFORMATION
Mandarin, English, Bahasa Melayu, Orang Asli
Tan Kau Hau
Sat, 30 Nov 2019 / 7:30 PM
Filmmaker in Attendance
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