Year2010 Duration37 min. DirectorChu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch PhotographyChu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch EditorChu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch SoundChu-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.


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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)

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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