Aqérat (We, The Dead)
A woman escapes from an entanglement with human trafficking, finding herself at the threshold of the spirit world instead.
Hui Ling’s life will begin again when she relocates to Taiwan. For now, she lives a suspended existence near the Thai-Malaysian border, saving up for her departure. In desperation, she joins the nocturnal business of human trafficking, finding herself bearing witness to the inhumanity suffered by the Rohingya. When her façade of indifference slips, threatening the secrecy of the business, she goes on the run, accompanied by Wei, who believes that he knew Hui in a past life.
“Aqerat”, the Rohingyan word for “life after death”, poses a clue to this cryptic feature. Starting off with a neo-realist framework, it gradually slips into a heady drift of the imaginary. In their escape, Hui and Wei find themselves further underground where the line dividing the dead and living are blurred. In this liminal zone, Hui discovers her conscience.
Cast & Credits
Edmund Yeo makes films in Malaysia and Japan where he received his PHD on global information and telecommunication studies from Waseda University. His short films have travelled widely in prominent international festivals. His debut feature River of Exploding Durians was the first Malaysian film selected for the Main Competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014.
Edmund Yeo, Lim Ying Xian
Daphne Low, Hon Ka Hoe, Ruby Yap
• Tokyo International Film Festival – Best Director
• Tokyo International Film Festival – Tokyo Gemstone Award (Daphne Low)