Jagat (Brutal)

Rating: TBA

Language: Tamil, Malay, Mandarin

Subtitles: English

Coming-of-age story about a boy growing up in a community of Tamil in Malaysia during the 1990sThe plot centers on Appoy a spirited kid who would rather watch gangster flicks and make prank calls than memorize his multiplication tables. Desperately trying to keep his son on the straight path, Appoy’s hard-working father becomes increasingly abusive, as the boy is inexorably drawn to the criminal lifestyle of his uncle, a henchman for a local Malaysian gang.

Set in the early 1990’s, a critical period in Malaysian Indian history, the story subtly underlines the plight of the Malaysian Indian. Forsaken by the estate owners who had employed them for generations and systematically marginalized by the ruling government, they are forced to move to the cities and survive under harsh circumstances. Left out of the nation’s urbanization and development plans, many live in squatters and work at minimum wage jobs.

Best Malaysian Film 2016 (Malaysian Film Festival)
Best Film (Kuala Lumpur Critics Award)
In competition – New Asian Cinema, Five Flavours Film Festival, Poland 2016
Hanoi International Film Festival 2016
Luang Prabang International Film Festival 2016

Director: Shanjhey Kumar Perumal
Cast: Harvin Raj; Jibrail Rajhula; Tinesh Sathi Krishnan; Kuben Mahadevan

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