12:45 – 2:45 pm | Sep 3rd
šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square
North of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Over the decades, the Malayan Communist Party fought a guerrilla war in the jungle for independence.When a baby was born during the war, they sent it out of the jungle to ensure its survival. Boluomi is one of those babies.
Kek-Huat Lau’s first feature-length feature film Boluomi spans two generations and describes the joys and sorrows of two interconnected storylines, one in Malaysia and the other in Taiwan. The film is adapted from family stories and personal experiences, telling the taboo history that the elders to this day cannot speak of.
This deeply moving film is shot in multiple languages (Malay, English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Filipino) and carefully and steadfastly portrays historical, national, and ethnic issues.
About the Artist
Taiwan-based Film Director
Born in Malaysia, Kek-Huat Lau came to Taiwan to study film and became a filmmaker based in Taiwan. His creative interest starts from his own family background. His works attempt to gradually uncover historical and national issues that Malaysian Chinese cannot bring up locally. The documentary Absent Without Leave explores why his grandfather is absent from family conversations and talks about the taboo history of the Communist Party of Malaysia, while his debut feature film Boluomi is based on his grandfather’s story. The Tree Remembers describes the Malaysian government’s racial policies and the racial divides that persist to this day. Both his documentaries Absent Without Leave and The Tree Remembers still face censorship challenges today in Malaysia, while feature film Boluomi has also been targeted by censors.
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