They sacrificed their lives, fighting for the independence of Malaysia, but their stories remain untold, banned and buried for more than sixty years.
They lived their lives fighting for a Malayan dream. Aiming for a better future for the country, they sacrificed their lives and their families. But in the end, their stories were left untold, banned and buried for 60 years.
This is the story of an unknown man, an exiled army, and the unraveling of an old melody,“Love in Malaya”. The story begins with a man’s portrait, which has been hung for more than 30 years in my old wooden house in Perak, Malaysia. It had long been a taboo for my family to mention this man, and they never brought up his name or his past. It was only recently when I found out that this man was my grandpa, a MCP (Malaya Communist Party) soldier who had sacrificed his life in the Independence fight in 1949. For years, many young Malaysians like me grew up without no knowledge of what actually happened,, shadowed by fear to find out more. This film is about my search for an absent grandpa, told from the accounts of my family members’ memories. I hope to shed a light on the secrets hidden in the deep rainforest, which are waiting to be unfold.
Kek Huat, Lau born and brought up in Malaysia, worked as primary school teacher for 4 years in Singapore. In 2006, he enrolled in film studies at the National Taiwan University, Department of Motion Picture. He have won the Best Short Film Award twice (2009 & 2013) in Taiwan Golden Harvest Festival, and Best Director Award in 2009. His co-writing first long feature film script <A very long waiting of Buluomi ripe> depicting his own family story won for the Best Script Award in 2013, Taiwan. The story is based on life of his grandpa, a guerilla communist soldier who sacrifices his life during the war. He founded the Hummingbird studio, making shorts, features and documentary. Participated in Golden horse academy 2013 led by director Hou hsiao-hsien. Cinematographer for Taiwan National Geography Channel documentaries: Taiwan’s Medical Miracle, Taiwan to the world: Amazing Aquarium etc.
After a post-Graduate Masters as Creative Producer in Italian National Film Academy (Centro Sperimentale Cinematografia) Stefano Centini has gained professional experience as a screenwriter as well as producer assistant both in short films (“Nel Nome di Nessuno”, 2007, Festa del Cinema di Roma premio Alice della città, “L’sola di Savino”, 2009, Giffoni IFF in competition) and working as a writer and producer for international broadcasters (Fox TV, MTV Italy). He has then completed his education at INALCO in Paris where he obtained a second Fine Masters Degree in Chinese Language and Culture. After moving to Taiwan, where he was enrolled in the National University of Arts for a master in television studies, he now lives in Taipei where he works as a director/producer for IFA Media on international documentaries (Discovery Channel, CCTV, AETN) and as a producer and AP for shorts and feature films. He is currently producing director Liu Chia-Hsin's feature film debut, “The Sand in their eyes” .
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