Ionian Contemporary
Animation Festival ICONA
December, 2nd-5th, 2021
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The Dalang's Tale

Screening: Professional Competition 3
Malaysia 2021
Duration: 06:10
Directed: Irwan Junaidy, Maizura Abas, 'Atiqah Mohd Abu Bakar
Screenplay: Irwan Junaidy, Maizura Abas
Production: Irwan Junaidy, Zuhri Aziz, Ervin Han, Bernard Toh

The Dalang's Tale is an animated short film about domestic violence with visuals inspired by Malaysian traditional wayang kulit or shadowpuppets. Two stories intertwine: one of a workaholic father and his growing impatience with his young son as they make their way to watch a shadow puppet master or dalang's show and the other of a man who dotes on his son but secretly inflicts acts of abuse on his wife before he disappears after a violent incident.

Department of Audio & Visual Arts