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Malaysian director U-Wei Haji Saari's spin on Almayer's Folly draws festival-goers

Published on Mar 21, 2013 4:51 PM
 
A film still from film-maker U-Wei Haji Saari's Hanyut. The renowned Malaysian director's postcolonial take on Joseph Conrad's 1895 novel, Almayer's Folly, has sold out ahead of its screening on March 22, 2013, at the third Southeast Asian Film Festival. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM

A renowned Malaysian director's postcolonial take on Joseph Conrad's 1895 novel, Almayer's Folly, has sold out ahead of its screening on March 22 at the third Southeast Asian Film Festival.

Film-maker U-Wei Haji Saari was not convinced, on reading the Polish-born English writer's debut novel 20 years ago, that it was about the title's Dutch trader Kaspar Almayer. He kept asking himself: Is there another side to the story that needs to be told?

In the book, Kaspar Almayer, obsessed with finding pirate treasure in the Malaysian jungle, is married to a Malay woman, with whom he has a mixed-race daughter. The father insists that his daughter must look and behave like an European woman.

But director U-Wei, 59, tells Life! that he was a lot more intrigued by the alternative perspective of the story - the Malay point of view.

 
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