Absent Without Leave

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Absent Without Leave

Directed by Kek-huat Lau

  • Taiwan 2016; 84 min
  • Original version: Mandarin, Fuzhou, Malay
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Audience Choice Award - Singapore IFF
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Synopsis

They sacrificed their lives fighting for the independence of their country, but their stories remain untold for 60 years.

The story begins with a man’s portrait, which has been hanging for more than 30 years in an old wooden house where I was born and grew up in Perak, Malaysia. It’s long become a taboo that my families do not talk about this man, not even to bring up his name or his past. Eventually I found out he is my grandfather, who sacrificed his life fighting for Malaysia’s independence and decolonisation, but his and his comrades’ stories are excluded from history. This documentary set out to unveil the mysteries.

Production

  • HUMMINGBIRD PRODUCTION CO., LTD.

     

International Sales

  • ACTIVATOR MARKETING CO., LTD.

    Enga Chang 

Festival Bookings

  • TAIWAN DOCS

    Jessie Yang