|ISLANDS. OPENING SESSION|
Country: UK, Malasya
Direction: Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch
Photograph: Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch
Editor: Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch
Sound: Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch
Production: Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch
IFF Rotterdam / Visions Du Reel / Taiwan Int’l Documentary Festival/ Zinebi Bilba o/ Camerimage, Nominated Doc. Short Film Award /Indie-Lisboa / Images Festival, Jury prize winner / BFI London Film Festival / Cork Film Festival/ London Short Film Festival
In the jungles of Borneo, an Iban father on the cusp of old age begins a river journey to seek help for his sick child. Troubled by recurring and uncanny visions, which inhabit the bizarre world of the rainforests, father and son are drawn into a final encounter deep inside the jungle.
'Semangat' was made through working closely with one Iban longhouse community from Sarawak, Malaysia, with whom the story was devised. The film explores the conflict that exists between ancient animist beliefs and modern approaches to illness. The main protagonists of the film are a real father and son, and a retired shaman from this community.
CHU-LI AND ADAM GUTCH
Both have been collaborating since 2007. They studied at the National Film and Television School, UK, specialising in sound-design and documentary. Often taking inspiration from uncanny aspects of the natural world, and the creatures and people who inhabit these environments, they like to combine both non-fictional and fictional approaches in their films. They live on the Isle of Wight.
Chu-Li Shewring as director:
Mantis Tales (2005)
Codirector with Adam Gutch:
Hoof, Tooth & Claw (2011)
Working to Beat the Devil (2014)