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Country: UK, Malasya
Year: 2010
Duration: 37'
Direction: Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch
Cinematographer: 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 Shewring, 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:
Semangat (2010)
Hoof, Tooth & Claw (2011)
Working to Beat the Devil (2014)


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Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
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Filmoteca de Navarra
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Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
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Hotel Maisonave
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Cinemateca Portuguesa
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Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
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FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
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