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Haruan: The Snakehead


Do bad deeds always beget badness?

A dark tale of a magical fish and its flawed human friends.

10-year old Ikan lives with his older sister Salomah and their stepfather Deris. Ikan adores his sister and loves all fish, especially his pet snakehead fish Haruan. Some snakeheads eat their young. Apparently, some humans do too. Like the snakeheads, hungry Deris has no natural predator. Like the snakeheads, Salomah is a survivor. Ikan and Haruan will do anything to save their beloved Salomah. Deris must be stopped, at whatever cost...

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Executive Producers: Raudzah Aziz, Yasmin Husswan, Razli Dalan
Associate Producers: Rosdalina Dahlan, Erik Knudsen, Andrew Willis

Art Direction: Kivi Larmola
Production Design: Sanna Larmola
Cinematography: Courtney Sherives
Sound Design, Audio mixing, Original score: Trabye
Make-up: Aidilla Jeharey, Kermawijaya
Original story, Drawings, Screenplay, Direction, Editing: Razli Dalan

Key cast: Ahmad Dalan, Iqa Pqot, Megat Sharizal, Aidilla Jeharey

Director's Statement:

Haruan: The Snakehead is an experiment to find an alternative cinematic platform to discuss taboos within a society which may not necessarily wish to engage them. The film is born out of diasporic anger, and my need to reconcile with unfathomable traditions and social practices in my beloved country of birth.

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Screenings / Awards: 

Finalist - Best Narrative Feature • BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival 2015

Finalist - Best Experimental • BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival 2015

Finalist - Best Production Design • BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival 2015

Official Selection • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2015

Official Selection • Lisbon International Film Festival 2015

Official Selection • Singapore World International Film Festival 2016

Official Selection • Toronto Film Week 2016

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Student project: No
Completion date: 30/09/2014
Shooting format: Digital
Aspect ratio: 1.77:1 (16:9)
Film color: Color
First-time filmmaker: Yes

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