This series of four low budget short films were produced to support more conventional protests against a proposed heavy metals refinery in Malaysia, by the Australian company Lynas. While one of the films, “Lai Kwan’s Love”, tells the true story of a mother who believes her son’s severe mental and physical handicaps are an effect of her wok in a similar refinery as a pregnant young woman, the other three films use spin three hilarious tales to disarm the serious issue they support. “Oily Man XX” unmasks the criminal antics of an oil-covered man cum village demon; “Love Dish” shows how to prepare a Malaysian banquet with fresh radioactive produce; while “Welcome to Kampong Radioaktif!" is a crash course in Malaysian village life after radioactive contamination. The films are further interspersed with spoof news flashes, in which a “Tiger TV” investigative reporter dispels the “rumoured” environmental effects of heavy metal refinement.
The screening will be followed by a short discussion.
This film is part of the Season Three Asia and the Pacific Screens: Survival Politics, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.
Directed by Liew Seng Tat, Tan Chui Mui, Woo Ming Jin,Yeo Joon-han
2011, total of 42 mins
Malaysian, with English and Chinese Subtitles