A Life Forgotten
A Life ForgottenBrian Chew // Malaysia // 2013 // 24 min // Original with English sub. // 12+

Disappearing World
Wed, 23 Apr • TIM XXI 3 • 17:00
Fri, 25 Apr • TIM XXI 4 • 17:30

The Orang Laut Seletar was once a proud tribe, roaming freely in the straits between Malaysia and Singapore. Living on boats, they only step on land to bury the dead. Since giving up their seafaring ways to relocate to land, they have seen their tradition and culture slowly fading with the passing of time. Developments along the coast of Johor have severely diminished the sea life and they are now struggling to feed themselves. They face a doubtful future. The sea is the only thing they know. They do not want to leave it and to work on land. This documentary shows the plight of Orang Laut’s fight for their free world.

Having worked in the film industry for the last 14 years, this is Brian Chew’s first foray into the documentary world. Before this he had worked on TV commercials, feature films and reality shows. Now he is passionate about directing and producing documentaries.