They sacrificed their lives fighting for the independence of their country, but their stories have remained untold for 60 years, until now. The story begins with a portrait of man that has been hanging for more than 30 years in the director’s family home in Perak, Malaysia. It’s long standing taboo that the director’s family do not talk about this man, to the extent that even to bring up his name or his past is to create distain from my older relatives in the family. Eventually the director finds out that this portrait is his grandfather, who sacrificed his life fighting for Malaysia’s independence and decolonisation, but his and his comrades’ stories are excluded from Malaysian history. This documentary is an enquiry into why these stories have been excluded from Malaysian history.
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