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Absent without Leave

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Year
2016
Country
  • Taiwan
Duration
83min
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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.

Details

  • Original title
    Absent without Leave
  • Direction
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Lau Kek-huat
  • Editing
    Lau Kek-huat
  • Music
    Lin Hung-Tao
  • Sound
    Tang Ya-Jhu
  • Duration
    83 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2016
  • Country
    • Taiwan
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Busan International Film Festival 2016
    • Singapore International Film Festival 2016
    • Taipei Film Festival 2016
  • Awards
    • Singapore International Film Festival - Audience Choice Award 2016

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