Asia and the Pacific Screens
Survival guide for radioactive village
5:30pm - 7:00pm
01 Apr 2015
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
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.