U-Wei bin Hajisaari (Malaysia)
1998, 70 mins, PG
Date & Time: Tue, 14 Jul 2009, 7.30pm
Venue: Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
Kakang is a proud man, proud of his Javanese heritage and well aware of the social inequities that allow his exploitation. Kakang’s reaction is to torch the property of those who slight him. Kesuma, his son is simultaneously proud, fearful and ashamed of his father. A clash of wills is all but inevitable, and the film climaxes in a literal and metaphorical conflagration.
About the filmmaker: Born in 1954 in rural Malaysia, writer/director U Wei Bin Hajisaari has written and directed four feature films: Women, Wife and Whore, Black Widow, The Arsonist and Jogho. U Wei was the first Malayian filmmaker invited to show his work at Cannes, where The Arsonist was screened.
A native of Pahang, Malaysia, he studied filmmaking at the New York School for Social Research in New York City. He is an active member of the Malaysian Film Director's Organization. He is also the first Malaysian director to be invited to show at the prestigious Directors' Fortnight at Cannes ('95).