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Documentary Production

We explore the lives of real people and communities, and tell the stories that need to be told in Asia. Our documentaries have delivered empathy and emotion amongst international audiences, established co-production partnerships, and won numerous awards over the years.

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ASEAN’S NEXT GENERATION LEADERS (ANGeLs): ALENA MURANG

Year: 2017
Duration: 30 minutes
Network: Channel NewsAsia

 

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Alena Murang is an innovative Malaysian entrepreneur and an internationally sought after artist. She is also one of the first women to break an ancient taboo and play her ancestral tribe’s beloved sape. But Alena is not out to disrupt her ancestral culture. She wants to preserve it.

 

But to do so she has to journey deep into the jungles of the Kelabit Highlands in northeast Borneo to learn the oral traditions from the remaining elders, and give the ancient tribal music new life by transforming it to contemporary form.

 

But giving the music new life is only one part of her mission. This ethnic entrepreneur is also using her art as a medium for positive change, channeling revenue from the music into vital development projects, including a crucial suspension bridge to link the tribe to the outside world.

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BONSAI

Year: 2017
Episodes: 4 x 1 hour
Language: Japanese, Malay

Masashi Hirao, a charismatic Bonsai artist from Tokyo tries to live on his guru’s dream – to promote the ancient Japanese Bonsai art to the world. His guru was one of the greatest Bonsai masters in Japan, Saburo Kato.

 

In this 4 x 1 hour programme, we follow Masashi’s adventure to Malaysia and China.

International Title: THE IMMORTAL SHADOWS
Malaysia Title: WAYANG ABADI

Year: 2012
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English, Japanese, Malay
Co-producer: Kaori Mayama (Cosmos Space, Tokyo)

Animation is one of today’s most popular entertainments, but an Asian puppetmaster has discovered the roots of this ultra-modern hi-tech entertainment in a long forgotten art form that he wants to bring to a new audience.

 

But first he must unravel the secrets that have enabled strange shadows in the night to capture and enthrall audiences since the dawn of civilization. His quest takes him to a remote village deep in Malaysia’s tropical heart, in search of a master puppeteer who knows the secrets of the shadow’s immortality. Although he has never learnt to read or write, Dalang Saupi has become famous far beyond Malaysia’s borders.

 

But the visit comes in the midst of Malaysia’s torrential monsoon season.

The Untold Truth About SuperMokh

Year: 2011
Duration: 1 hour
Network: National Geographic Channel

 

Awards

Best Director

Best History Documentary

Best Overall Documentary

For a brief period in Malaysia football’s history in the 70s – 80s, football legend – Mokhtar Dahari rose from a humble beginning to carve a place in the nation’s history. As Asia’s most feared striker, Mokhtar Dahari was known as SuperMokh for his football prowess.

 

But at the peak of his fame, SuperMokh would be cut down by a tragic illness. What made SuperMokh so exceptional… and did it also lead to his tragic end.

 

What was his illness? Was it Muscular Dystrophy as what the media said? Or was it something else?

 

Twenty years on, Mokhtar Dahari’s family and closest friends reveal the untold truth about SuperMokh.

THE HEROES OF CHINGAY

Year: 2011
Duration: 30 minutes
Award: Special Jury Award

Chingay, the art of balancing giant flag, is one of the most unique urban folk arts to have evolved in South-east Asia for almost a century. Played in honour of the ancient Chinese gods, it is today seen in such form only in Penang, Malaysia. This documentary brings the audience through the development of this unique folk art through the two best Chingay teams in town led by the best Chingay heroes – Chew and Lee.

 

How did they train their team to be the champion of the All-Star National Chingay Championship? Are they the last batch of Heroes of Chingay in Penang? The answers lie in this documentary.

PENANG PEOPLE’S COURT

Year: 2012
Duration: 16 minutes
Language: Chinese (English subtitle)

A short film shot during the monsoon of 2014 at People’s Court, Cintra Street, Penang. It showcases the livelihood of the residents through oral history and documentary.

MALAYSIA – THE NATION’S CHALLENGE

Year: 2012
Duration: 19 minutes
Language: English, Malay

As a nation of 29 million people of many ethnicities and diverse religions, Malaysia has enjoyed tremendous growth and economic success over recent decades. With over 70% of people residing in its key urban centres, it’s easy to forget the country’s humble beginnings and the rural townships that still exist.

 

Throughout Malaysia, urbanites and villagers live very different lives and face many different challenges.

 

Reconciling this diversity is the story of Malaysia … And the nation’s greatest challenge.

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CHERITA CHULIA

Year: 2012
Language: Chinese (English subtitle)

This documentary presents the collective memories on Chulia Street from the 1940s up until 1970s that are etched in the minds of many long-time residents of the street.

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The Intangible Cultural Heritage in George Town

Year: 2015 – 2017
Language: Malay/Chinese/Tamil (English subtitle)

Beautifully shot in 4K (Panasonic Varicam 35 & LT), this project captures the unique stories of the many traditional trades within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in George Town, Penang.

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