North American premiere
Camera Lucida Scheduled

The Story Of Southern Islet

Directed by Chong Keat Aun

Sun August 15, 2021
9:00 PM

Virtual Screening

Tue August 17, 2021
9:00 AM

Virtual Screening


Official selection

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2020
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2020
Hainan International Film Festival 2020
Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2021


Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2020 - Best New Director


Chong Keat Aun


Chong Keat Aun


Goh Jojo, Tang Ling, Hoon Mei Sim, Chua Pearlly, Chee Season


Lim Hui Bee, Lim Kuen Hong


Chan Hai Liang

Sound Designer

Tee Meng Jiam, Wei Chien Tee


Yii Kah Hoe


Kong Jing Rong, Tan Wei Jian


Asteri Production Sdn Bhd

Malaysia 2020 105 mins OV Chinese Subtitles : English

1987, in Alor Setar, at the foot of Mount Keriang in the Malaysian state of Kedah (formerly a part of Siam, or Thailand). A place at the crossroad of history and spirituality: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islamic and shamanistic cultures converge in the imposing mountain’s shadow. Cheong, a Chinese man, is a devout believer in folk god Datuk. One day, as he accidentally damages his neighbour’s fence, strange events befall him. His furious neighbour dies a mysterious death; he himself falls suddenly, violently, supernaturally ill. His wife Yan wonders: is her husband’s sudden downfall the manifestation of mere coincidence, tinged with superstition? Or the beginning of the journey to save his soul?

Based on the director’s lived childhood experience, Chong Keat Aun’s uncannily autobiographical THE STORY OF THE SOUTHERN ISLET – Winner of the Best New Director Award at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei – is one of the year’s most impressive, haunting debuts. A directorial sleight-of-hand in the transcendent slow cinema tradition of Tsai Ming-Liang or Apichatpong Weerasethakul – by way of folk horror, no less – Chong’s debut is a masterfully framed, deeply personal tale that takes the viewer to the limits of the rational world. A nostalgic vision of rural Malaysia comes to life, in which tradition clashes with encroaching modernity and the borders of the spirit world become porous, channelled by cinema itself as the conduit to the otherworldly. – Ariel Esteban Cayer


Sun August 15, 2021
9:00 PM

Virtual Screening

Tue August 17, 2021
9:00 AM

Virtual Screening