MEMORY AS RESISTANCE: GRANDMA KONG DEFENDING HER VILLAGE

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MEMORY AS RESISTANCE: GRANDMA KONG DEFENDING HER VILLAGE

time   25min | Year : 2015

director  Chan Seong Foong & Victor Chin    |     place  Malaysia

 

Synopsis:

Grandma Kong has lived all her life in the historic Kampung Hakka in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan. At 80 years old she wants to live out her remaining years in the only home she’s ever known. But, the threat of demolition now looms over the village thanks to a questionable land grab by local officials and a private developer. However, the villagers of Kampung Hakka have banded together, and are determined to fight for their right to stay on their land. Through Grandma Kong’s memories we get a glimpse of the community spirit and culture that forged Kampung Hakka and remains despite the pressures of development and modernisation. Memory as Resistance: Grandma Kong Defending Her Village is not just about Grandma Kong and her neighbours. Rather, it is a link to our shared roots that pushes us to imagine a future that embodies the same tenacity and gotong-­royong spirit of Kampung Hakka.

 

Kampung Hakka (Negeri Sembilan) yang berusia lebih 100 tahun telah menghadapi ancaman perobohan akibat perampasan tanah oleh pihak berkuasa tempatan dan pemaju swasta. Para penduduk yang tertindas telah berjuang bertahun lamanya untuk hak mereka. Harapan besar mereka adalah untuk terus hidup atas tanah yang sudah bergenerasi bersama keluarga mereka. Filem ini mengikuti Nenek Kong, 80 tahun, yang telah lahir dan dibesarkan di Kampung Hakka. Beliau beraharap untuk menghabiskan kehidupannya di rumah kayu yang telah dibina oleh suami dan anak mudanya. Kisah hidup dan nasib keluarganya diceritakan oleh beliau. Filem ini memaparkan kepentingan sejarah dan budaya kampung ini, dan bagaimana penduduk telah berjuang untuk terus hidup. Kenangan Nenek Kong menghubungkan masa lampau dan sekarang dan menunjukkan kepentingan semangat dan budaya bermasyarakat.

 

Biography:

Chan Seong Foong, was an passionate community activist in the 1980s with rubber estate and factory workers in the Free Trade Zones. She went on to work with the UN Agencies based in Switzerland overseeing an international development education programme. After that, she took time off to grow her family in Malaysia and has since rekindled her passion for community work and is back as a cultural activist in collaboration with Victor Chin on Rakan Mantin, a traditional Hakka tin mining village, south of Kuala Lumpur, which is under threat of demolition.

 

Victor Chin is a Malaysian painter well known in the 1980s and 1990s for his watercolours of the characteristic facades of the traditional shophouses in the Straits Settlements. His collection of 64 artworks serves to underwrite the survival of Malaysian architectural heritage. His photographic collections are visual profiles of the various marginalised communities, particularly the orang asli and disabled athletes, and contributed to better public awareness of their situation. His current art activism has led to the formation of the Rakan KL and Rakan Mantin Facebook social network.

 

schedule  Schedule

Petaling Jaya, Selangor
September 19, 2015, 5pm
Triang, Pahang
October 3, 2015, 7pm
Kuching, Sarawak
October 10, 2015, 7pm
Penang
October 16, 2015, 8.50pm
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
October 25, 2015, 7pm
Johor Bharu, Johor
November 7, 2015, 2pm
Muar, Johor
November 8, 2015, 1pm
Singapore
November 14, 2015, 3.30pm
Ipoh, Perak
November 21, 2015, 7pm

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