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World Cinema Series: Kaki Bakar / The Arsonist

What Kaki Bakar premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival 14 years ago, and was selected for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, the first and last Malaysian feature to be part of the main selection in Cannes. It remains a seminal influence on young Malaysian directors.
When 14 July 2009 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897
Admission

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.

 

Kaki Bakar / The Arsonist

Dir: U-Wei bin HajiSaari

1995 | Malaysia | 70min | 35mm | PG

In Malay and Javanese with English subtitles

Before the current wave of Malaysian independent film-makers, there was U-Wei. An earlier film, Perempuan, isteri dan...? (Woman, wife and…?) in 1993, was an immensely controversial portrait of female sexuality run amok in rural Malaysia. Kaki Bakar, similarly explores the tension, anger and fear created by a stranger in a closed community. Kakang, the proudly Javanese fire-starter of the title, riles bitterly against social injustice and sets about his explosive retribution.

The film loosely adapts William Faulkner’s classic American Civil War-set short story Barn Burning, while remaining tonally and thematically faithful, especially in its rendering of the powerful father-son relationship at the heart of the drama. U-Wei transplants the tale from the Deep South to an appropriate counterpart - the sprawling, isolated Malaysia countryside. It was filmed in and around Lancang and Mentakab in Pahang.

Kaki Bakar premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival 14 years ago, and was selected for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, the first and last Malaysian feature to be part of the main selection in Cannes. It remains a seminal influence on young Malaysian directors.

Q&A session with Director U-Wei will follow after the screening.

Print courtesy of The Asian Film Archive.