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ISLANDS. OPENING SESSION
Spirit


Country: UK, Malasya
Year: 2010
Duration: 37'
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

Festivals:

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

Sinopsis

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.



Bio

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.

Filmography:

Chu-Li Shewring  as director:
Mantis Tales (2005)

Codirector with Adam Gutch:
Semangat (2010)
Hoof, Tooth & Claw (2011)
Working to Beat the Devil (2014)



CONTACT DETAILS:

+44(0)7966 255741
mail@flyingant.org.uk

PROMOTED BY
Gobierno de Navarra
ORGANIZED BY
NICDO
WITH THE AID OF
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural Española
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaGoethe InstitutCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteTeatro GayarreLa Fábrica
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